Henri Sbonski de Passebon

Galeasse a la voile

Galeasse a la voile

DESCRIPTION: Antique engraved print titled "Galeasse a la voile" depicts a Venetian galeazza (galeasse) under full sail. We know the vessel is from Venice, Italy because under close inspection one can see the faint outline of the Lion of St. Marks on the flag at the very top of the main mast. A galeasse is a larger vessel than a galley (galère, Fr.) typically powered by 3 lateen-rigged sails as well as oars.

This highly detailed plate is one of a series of 17 folio-sized antique copperplate engravings created ca. 1690 by French galley Captain Henry Sbonski de Passebon. Engraved by Claude Randon, the volume of nautical architecture plates was first published from Marseille where, in the late 17th century the arsenal was home port to the galley service of Louis XIV.

View all Sbonski de Passebon engravings

De Passebon was stationed at Marseilles as a Lieutenant in the Corps des Galeres during the period that he produced the drawings from which these plates were engraved.

Attribution at bottom left: "Randon delineauit et sculpsit cura D'ni de Passebon Equitis"
Royal privilege at bottom right: "Marsiliae cum privilegio Regis"
Seller's attribution: "Se vendent a Marseilles chez Laurent Bremond sur le port au Coin de reboul"

CREATOR: Henri Sbonski de Passebon




CONDITION: Good  On heavy wove paper. Strong impression and platemark. Repaired splitting at centerfold near bottom margin . Two vertical folds as issued.

COLORING: Modern, meticulous hand color.

ENGRAVER: Claude Randon

SIZE: 22 " x 17 "


PRICE: $5000


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