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Print - Goldsmith's ornament design
  • Goldsmith's ornament design
    Esaias Hulsen, born 1570 - died 1630
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Goldsmith's ornament design

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  • Place of origin:

    Stuttgart, Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1617 (Printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Esaias Hulsen, born 1570 - died 1630 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving with etching

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  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 22

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This engraving by Esaias van Hulsen is from a set of five designs for goldsmith’s ornament. It was published, in Stuttgart, in 1617. The web of scrolls is inspired by the Moorish style and it shows silhouettes of animals, flowers and satyrs. Ornament prints like these were used by artisans to decorate objects; this print was intended as an example for a goldsmith or a silversmith.

Physical description

Print, engraving, design for enamelling, depicting a Moresque-inspired web of scroll Moresque.

Place of Origin

Stuttgart, Germany (made)


1617 (Printed)


Esaias Hulsen, born 1570 - died 1630 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving with etching

Marks and inscriptions

Signed along the lower portion of the plate:

'E - V - H - F'


Height: 10.6 cm Cut to, Width: 10.8 cm Cut to

Object history note

The fantastic web of scrolls is inspired by the Moresque.

Descriptive line

Esaias van Hulsen. Plate from a suite of 6 designs for goldsmith's ornament. Dutch, 1617.

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

Guilmard, D., Les Maîtres Ornemanistes, Paris, 1880-1881, p.391, 9 (3).
(Berlin II) Berlin Staatlich Museen., Katalog der Ornamentstich-Sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin, Berlin and Leipzig, 1936-39, 656.

Subjects depicted

Scrolls; Enamelling; Moresque


Prints; Designs; Enamels; Ornament prints

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