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Monday 13 May 2019

Stefano della Bella's etching, “Plate 4; horizontal ornament panel of eight vases”, c.1646

Stefano della Bella (1610–1664)

“Plate 4; horizontal ornament panel of eight 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) 8.1 x 20.5 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image: (left) “Stef. de la Bella inuent fecit”; (right) “cum Priuil. Regis Christ."
Numbered on plate below the image: (centre) “3”.
State iii (of iii) with the publication details (originally for Langlois and later Mariette) erased.

De Vesme/Massar 1971 1048.III (A de Vesme, revised by Phyllis D Massar 1971, “Stefano della Bella: Catalogue Raisonné”, New York, p. 159, cat. no. 1048); 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. 1913 (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. 1913).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Plate 4; horizontal ornament panel of eight vases, all filled with flowers, including one at centre with a nymph and satyr supporting the central part, one to left with swans as handles and one behind to right whose base is supported by a lion. 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 good condition but with a small chip at the upper right edge, 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 ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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