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Monday, 13 May 2019

Stefano della Bella's etching, “Plate 3: horizontal ornament panel of seven vases”, c.1646


Stefano della Bella (1610–1664)

“Plate 3: horizontal ornament panel of seven vases”, c.1646 (BM attribution of date), from the series, “Raccolta di vasi diversi” (Collection of different vases), originally published by François Langlois (1588–1647) with privilege in the first state and later by Pierre Mariette II (1634–1716) in the second state.

Etching on fine laid paper trimmed along, or slightly within, the plate-mark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet trimmed unevenly) 8.5 x 20.5 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image: (left) “Stef. de la Bella inuent fecit”.
Numbered on plate below the image: (centre) “3”.
State iii (of iii) with the publication details (originally for Langlois and later Mariette) and privilege erased.

De Vesme/Massar 1971 1047.III (A de Vesme, revised by Phyllis D Massar 1971, “Stefano della Bella: Catalogue Raisonné”, New York, p. 159, cat. no. 1047); Jombert (Della Bella) 1772.129 (Charles Antoine Jombert 1772, “Essai d'un catalogue de l'oeuvre d'Etienne de la Belle, peintre et graveur florentin”, Paris, p. 132, cat. no. 129); Orn Cat II 2004. 1912 (Peter Fuhring; transl. from the Dutch by Jennifer Kilian and Katy Kist 2004, “Ornament prints in the Rijksmuseum II: the seventeenth century”, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Sound and Vision, vol. 1, p. 329, cat. no. 1912).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Plate 3; horizontal ornament panel of seven vases, including one at centre formed of three children supporting three ewers, one to left with handles in the form of lion heads, and one to right with handles in the form of swan necks. c.1646.”

See also the description of this print offered by the Metropolitan Museum of Art

the Harvard Museum of Art


Condition: crisp impression in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, folds, holes, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use), trimmed unevenly along the plate-mark (or slightly within) and backed with a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this rare ornamental panel exemplifying the Baroque period style for AU$220 (currently US$153.49/EUR136.62/GBP117.99 at the time of posting this listing) 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 sensitively etched panel from the early 1600s, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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