Stefano DELLA BELLA (Florence 1610 - Florence 1664)

A Saltcellar in the Form of a Mermaid Holding a Shell Sold

Pen and brown ink and grey wash, over an underdrawing in black chalk.
179 x 83 mm. (7 x 3 1/4 in.)

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This charming drawing may be compared stylistically to such ornamental drawings by Stefano della Bella as a design for a garland in the Louvre. Similar drawings for table ornaments by the artist are in the Louvre, the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, the Uffizi and elsewhere. In the conception of this drawing, depicting a mermaid holding a shell above her head, the artist may have recalled Bernini’s Triton fountain in Rome, of which he made a study, now in the Louvre and similar in technique and handling to the present drawing, during his stay in the city in the 1630’s.

Stefano DELLA BELLA

A Saltcellar in the Form of a Mermaid Holding a Shell

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