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Thursday 27 February 2020

Carlo Aspari's etching, “Antique Ornament with Snakes, Insects and Birds”, c. 1780, after Giocondo Albertolli

Carlo Aspari (aka Carlo Antonio Aspari; Carlo Aspar; Carlo Asparri) (before 1780–1834)

“Antique Ornament with Snakes, Insects and Birds”, c. 1780, after Giocondo Albertolli (1742–1839), plate 1 from the series of twenty-three plates (including the title plate), Ornamenti Diversi”, published in 1782 by Giocondo Albertolli in Milan, page 2.

This book is available to view online or to download free-of-charge from which also offers detailed information about the publication:

See also the description of this print at Lombardia Beni Culturali:

Etching on laid paper with wide margins.
Size: (sheet) 50.5 x 40.3 cm; (plate) 41.8 x 28.4 cm: (image borderline) 38.4 x 25.8 cm.
Numbered on plate above the image borderline: (left) “Tav. I.”
Lettered in Italian on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Gioc Albertolli dis”; (centre) “Il presente Ornato é preso dall’ antico, e sú inciso anche nel Cinquecentro, trovandosene ancora qualche coppie in alcune racolte d’ Italia” (The present Ornate is taken from the ancient, and also engraved in the Cinquecento, still finding some couples/matches in some collections of Italy); (right) “Aspar inc. in Milano”.

Condition: well-printed near faultless impression with generous margins. There are pale marks on the left margin and the outer edge of the sheet is slightly lighter in tone (possibly the print was once mounted and this area was protected from light), otherwise the sheet is in an excellent/museum-quality condition.

I am selling this large and magnificent etching featuring around a central acanthus leaf ornament, an eagle and snake in a heightened state of excitement in looking at each other, two snails, two grasshoppers, two insects, two birds—one of which is eating an insect while the other is contemplating having a grasshopper snack—and a nest full of three birds which I assume are eaglets as they seem intently interested in what the large eagle is doing, for AU$386 (currently US$253.14/EUR231.87/GBP195.80 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 large and amazing masterwork of 18th century Italian ornament, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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