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Monday, 11 March 2019

Giacomo Mercoli’s etching, “Study of a bas-relief from the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Lugano”, 1795


Giacomo Mercoli (1745–1825)

“Study of a bas-relief from the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Lugano” (descriptive title only) or as inscribed on plate, “Tratto da un Bassorilievo in marmo, che si vede in uno dc'pilastri delle porte sulla facciata della insigne Basilica di San Lorenzo in Lugano” ([transl.] “Taken from a marble bas-relief, which is seen in one of the pillars of the doors on the facade of the famous Basilica of San Lorenzo in Lugano”), 1795, plate 19 in the series of 20 plates (with the addition of a title plate and dedication plate to Lodovico Galeazzo Busca Arconati Visconti, marchese di Lomagna) after Giocondo Albertolli (1742–1839) in “Miscellanea per i giovani studiosi del disegno .... Parte terza” (Miscellanea for young scholars of drawing .... Third part), 1796, published by Giocondo Albertolli in Milan, page 41. (This book is available to view online or download free of charge from archive.org which also offers detailed information about the publication:

Etching on heavy laid paper with full margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 57.5 x 43 cm; (plate) 33 x 17.2 cm; (image borderline) 31.5 x 15.5 cm.
Numbered on plate at upper right: “Tav. XIX.”
Lettered on plate along the lower edge: (left) “Giocondo Albertolli dis.”; (centre) “Tratto da un Bassorilievo in marmo, che si vede in uno dc'pilastri delle porte sulla facciata della / Insigne Basilica di San Lorenzo in Lugano.”; (right) “Giacomo Mercoli inc.”

Condition: crisp, well-inked and faultless impression with full margins in near pristine condition.

I am selling this exquisite study of a bas-relief sculpture featuring birds and acanthus leaves for AU$257 (currently US$181.08/EUR161.05/GBP13929 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this highly refined etching exemplifying supreme skill and discipline, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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