Stefano della Bella (1610–1664)
“Ornament with bubble blowing putti” (Rijksmuseum title), c.1648 (BM’s attribution of dates), from the series of twelve plates (including the title plate that I listed previously), “Ornamenti o grottesche” (Ornaments and grotesques), published 1650–56.
Etching on fine laid paper trimmed along the plate-mark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 16.6 x 6.5 cm
Inscribed with artist’s monogram on plate: (lower right corner) “SDB”.
De Vesme/Massar 1971 1008 (A de Vesme, revised by Phyllis D Massar 1971, “Stefano della Bella, New York”, p. 155, cat.nr. 1008); Jombert (Della Bella) 179 (Charles Antoine.Jombert 1772, “Essai d'un catalogue de l'oeuvre d'Etienne de la Belle, peintre et graveur florentin”, Paris, p. 173, cat.nr. 179); Orn Cat II 691 (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, dl. 1, p. 144, cat.nr. 691).
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Ornament panel with two putti blowing bubbles, a bat with its wings spread and a festoon of foliage below.”
See also the description of this print at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/397830?searchField=All&sortBy=relevance&ft=Ornamenti+o+Grottesche&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=9; and at the Rijksmuseum: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.collect.77498
Condition: crisp impression in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, folds, holes, stains, foxing or signs of use), trimmed along the plate-mark and backed with a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.
I am selling this rare ornamental masterpiece by Della Bella for AU$220 (currently US$156.73/EUR137.91/GBP121.35 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 (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
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