STELLA-BOUZONNET, Antoinette, engraver. ~ L’Entrée de l’empereur Sigismond a Mantoue; gravé en vingt cinq feuillets, d’après une longue frise exécutée en stuc dans le palais du T. de la même ville, sur un dessin de Jules Romain... ‘A Paris au Galleries du Louvre... 1675 et chez Chereau et Joubert rue des Mathurins aux deux piliers dor’. [1787 or soon after].
Long oblong folio (202 × 438 mm), 24 engraved plates (c. 160 × 400 mm, including title). All mounted on thick carta rustica leaves. Original imprint line erased. Lightly browned, the paper leaves quite thumbed. Early green half vellum with green paper cover boards, remnants of original ties. Rubbed, corners worn, spine largely absent, but the volume secure. A good copy.
A RARE COLLECTION PRINTED FROM THE ORIGINAL PLATES ENGRAVED BY A PRODIGIOUSLY TALENTED FEMALE ENGRAVER. ANTOINETTE [OR ANTONIA] STELLA-BAUZONNET (1641-1676) ‘was the youngest daughter of a successful French goldsmith. Despite the restrictions placed on women in art academies at the time, her family’s prominent social status allowed her and her sisters, Françoise and Claudine, to receive private training. Her uncle Jaques Stella, a painter and close friend of Nicolas Poussin, assisted his nieces and nephew in their artwork, inviting them to live in his prestigious lodgings at the Louvre. As the youngest of the children, Antoinette was additionally trained by her older siblings. The family frequently collaborated in painting, engraving, and publishing prints. Remembered for her masterfully executed aquatints and engravings, Stella suffered a tragic fall and died in Paris at the age of 35. One of Stella’s most notable works, The Entrance of the Emperor Sigismond into Mantua, 1675, consists of 33 relief-style engravings on paper depicting crowds of men, women, children, and horses traveling alongside the emperor’ (National Museum of Women in the Arts website).
Stella-Bouzonnet’s plates were prepared after drawings by her father Antoine Stella at Mantua. They were printed first in 1675 and were later purchased and reprinted by Joubert, with Chereau, in 1787 (and probably for some time after). In this copy their imprint line giving the date of the reprint has been erased. Each of the plates has been closely cut and mounted in a large album c. 1800. It is of a type (and condition) suggesting use as an artist’s model book. Both the 1675 and 1787 editions are rare.