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Friday 11 February 2022

(Attrib.) Filippo Morghen’s stipple engraving, “Frieze of Eight Mythological Figures”, c1802, after a Roman fresco

Attributed to, or circle of, Filippo Morghen (1730–1807)

“Frieze of Eight Mythological Figures” (descriptive title only), c1803, possibly after a fresco wall-painting in a villa around the Port of Pozzuolo on the Bay of Naples, and possibly published in “Antichi Monumenti di Pozzuolo” in 1803, based on similarities of style and formatting to a similar frieze engraved by Filippo Morghen (ignoring the addition of colour) offered by Calloway Fine Art; see: Regarding the eight volumes of “Le pitture antiche d'Ercolano e contorni incise con qualche spiegazione”, 1757/62, that Filippo Morghen was involved in illustrating, I have checked volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 searching for this plate, but without success. Going further, I would be surprised if this plate is in one of the remaining unchecked volumes (viz. 5, 6 and 8) as the choice of the particular style of image borderline that is consistently employed in these volumes is dissimilar.

Stipple engraving trimmed around the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (support sheet) 26 x 48.5 cm; (sheet) 9.7 x 36.8 cm.

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed impression trimmed around the image borderline and laid onto a sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper that provides larger margins. The sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, stains or foxing.

I am selling this large stipple engraving after a Roman wall-painting from possibly a villa in either Pompeii or Herculaneum, for AU$248 in total (currently US$176.60/EUR155.07/GBP130.50 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 marvellous frieze of figures showing what I see as two episodes—and I could be completely wrong in my reading!—featuring the goddess Hera holding her lotus-topped staff (viz. on the left Hera expresses her displeasure with the lack of morals/fidelity shown by the two figures on the right by kicking over an amphora as they engage in lascivious behaviour; beside a monument to Pan, Hera blesses a scene of happy revelry with a hospitable centaur and music makers), please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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