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Friday 5 March 2021

Stefano della Bella’s etching, “Head of a man with a hat with plumes, in profile to the right”, 1650

Stefano della Bella (1610–1664)

“Head of a man with a hat with plumes, in profile to the right”, 1650, plate 10 from the series of 17 plates (including the title plate), “Diverses Têtes et Figures”, published by Israël Henriet (c1590–1661) in Paris.

Etching on fine laid paper trimmed unevenly around the platemark with a replenished upper right corner and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 8.1 x 6.7 cm.

Inscribed on plate at lower right: “Israel excud.”

State i (of i), lifetime impression (based on the quality of the line showing no sign of wear to the printing plate).

De Vesme/Massar 317(Alexandre de Vesme & Phyllis D. Massar, 1971, “Stefano della Bella. Catalogue Raisonné”, New York, Collectors Editions, [Text] p. 91, cat. no. 317, [Illust.] p. 82, cat. no. 317); Jombert (Della Bella) 168-10 (Charles Antoine Jombert 1772, “Essai d'un catalogue de l'oeuvre d'Etienne de la Belle, peintre et graveur florentin”, Paris, p. 163, cat. no. 168-10).

The British Museum and the Rijksmuseum offer descriptions of this print:;

Condition: a well-printed impression, trimmed slightly unevenly around the platemark with a stains from old mounting on the two left corners and a replenished missing upper right corner, laid onto a sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this lifetime impression of a small and delicately etched head of a young man with an elaborate plumed hat with an upturned brim, for AU$233 (currently US$178.70/EUR149.73/GBP129.19 at the time of posting this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 tiny but very beautiful etching by one of the most famous of the old master printmakers, 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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