decorative arts & objects
Late 18th Century
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Strong impressions of etchings of grotesque masks after original designs by the Italian artist and engraver Aloisio Giovannoli (1550–1618).
Plates are lettered either "Libro P[rimo]" or "Libro S[econdo]" and also numbered, inscribed "C.P." (cum priviligio), some have the artist's name, "Ali Gio." On some plates, this has been partially burnished out. There is no record of any previous issue of the plates, and Monaldini's claim on the title page (not present) that prints here are "per la prima volta escono in luce" makes it probable that these prints are published here for the first time.
Bénézit (2006) 6, 255; Thieme-Becker XIV, 150; Katalog der Ornamentstichsammlung, Berlin (1939), 553
Not examined out of frame.
Wear consistent with age and use.
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