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Thursday, 26 December 2019

Stefano della Bella's etching, “Moorish Cavalier”, 1648


Stefano della Bella (1610–1664)

“Moorish Cavalier”, 1648, from the series of eleven unnumbered round prints, “Figures on Horseback” (aka “Cavaliers nègres, polonais et hongrois”), inscribed with royal privilege (French).

Etching on fine laid paper trimmed along the platemark on upper edge, with narrow margins on the other sides and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 19 x 19.2 cm; (plate) 18.7 × 18.5 mm cm; (image borderline dia.) 18 cm.
Inscribed on plate below the image borderline: (left) "S. D. Bella. F."; (right) “Cum Priuil Regis.”
State i/ii (of i/ii) Compare the pattern of clouds shown in the impression listed by the PrintCollector as state i (of i) (http://www.theprintscollector.com/Article/Antique-Master-Print-MOOR-WARRIOR-HORSE-Della-Bella-ca-1640) with the clouds in the state ii (of ii) impression held by the British Museum: https://research.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=1478965&partId=1&searchText=horseman&people=132763&page=1.

De Vesme/Massar 1971 270.II (A de Vesme, revised by Phyllis D Massar 1971, “Stefano della Bella, New York”, p. 86, cat. 270); Jombert (Della Bella) 175–2 (Charles Antoine.Jombert 1772, “Essai d'un catalogue de l'oeuvre d'Etienne de la Belle, peintre et graveur florentin”, Paris, p. 170, cat. 175–2)

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Black horseman; in profile facing right [sic], turned to front, wearing a turban and carrying a bow and arrows on his back, with several Turkish men behind to left, riders galloping at centre and a town with a mosque behind to right; a round composition.”
(BM no. 1871,0513.676 [see URL above]) 

See also the description of this print at the Rijksmuseum:
(Transl.) “A dark man with a turban on horseback to the left. Along they are hanging arrows and a bow. In the background a landscape with figures, horses and a mosque.

Condition: well-printed impression, trimmed along the platemark on upper edge, with narrow margins on the other sides and laid onto a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet has replenished losses to the upper and side edges. Beyond this issue there are no significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this masterwork of etching by Della Bella showing a turbaned dark-skinned man on horseback with a bow and arrows slung over his back and featuring in the background, a mosque in the far distance and what seems to be horse riding tournament, for AU$437 (currently US$302.82/EUR273/GBP233.02 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 bold image of a vain-glorious horseman in an almost regal poise, then please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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