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Pewter Dish by Caspar Enderlein, Minutolisches Institut Liegnitz

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Liegnitz (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Belitski, Ludwig, born 1830 - died 1902 (photographer)
    Minutolischen Institut zur Veredlung der Gewerbe und Beförderung der Künste (Liegnitz) (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Salted paper print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by The Prince Consort

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 285

The Prussian baron Alexander von Minutoli (1806-87) often sent his model collection to schools of the applied arts. The objects, however, suffered from this treatment. Thus he commissioned photographic reproductions to circulate instead. The first trial with Daguerreotypes failed, because these were relatively fragile and also suffered from frequent moving. (Daguerrotype was the first commercially available form of photography, introduced in 1839. Each photograph was a one-off, appearing on a silvered copper plate.) In 1853 Minutoli engaged Ludwig Belitski to make a photographic reproduction on paper. Belitski was a photographer from Liegnitz in Silesia (now Legnica, Poland). He earned international fame from Minutoli’s large commission (seven folio-sized volumes with 663 plates) and won awards in Brussels and Amsterdam in 1855 and 1856. The Venetian glass here was photographed in bright sunlight.

Physical description

A mounted sepia-coloured photograph of a embossed metal platter.

Place of Origin

Liegnitz (photographed)


ca. 1855 (photographed)


Belitski, Ludwig, born 1830 - died 1902 (photographer)
Minutolischen Institut zur Veredlung der Gewerbe und Beförderung der Künste (Liegnitz) (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Salted paper print

Marks and inscriptions

'Enderlein, Caspar (d. 1633) / Dish, pewter. / Institut Minutoli, Liegnitz'
ink, lower right mount

'X. 285 / LIEGNITZ: Minutolisches / Institut.'
printed label, upper right mount

'Minutoli. / Vorbilder fur Handwerker. / Part. 1. / 1855'
printed, ink, verso mount


Height: 20.8 cm image, Width: 18.8 cm image, Height: 33 cm mount, Width: 26.7 cm mount

Historical context note

In 1855 Prince Albert donated Models for Craftsmen, photographed by Ludwig Belitski, published by the Minutolische Institut, Liegnits, Silesia

Descriptive line

Photograph by Ludwig Belitski, 'Pewter Dish by Caspar Enderlein, Minutolisches Institut Liegnitz', salted paper print, ca. 1855

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Julius Bryant, ed. Art and Design for All. The Victoria and Albert Museum London: V&A Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 9781851776665.

Labels and date

Cast Courts Reinstallation, 27 November 2018

The Temperance Basin

Ludwig Belitski, Minutolisches Institut,
Liegnitz (modern day Legnica), about 1853)

During the 1850s, the Museum acquired hundreds of photographs depicting the collection of the Prussian baron, Alexander von Minutoli. They included this image of one of Briot's original Termperance Basins. Minutoli's collection of historic artworks aimed to 'promote national welfare by bringing industry and the arts together', a sentiment echoed in the V&A's founding principles. Minutoli's systematic approach strongly influenced the development of this Museum.

Salted paper print
Museum no. 36074
[27 November 2018]


Salted paper processes

Subjects depicted

Tableware; Platter


Photographs; Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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