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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

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Stuttgart, Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1617 (Printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Esaias Hulsen, born 1570 - died 1630 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving with etching

  • Museum number:

    E.3352-1928

  • 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

A complex asymmetrical silhouette style design depicting an array of chimerical and actual animals, birds, flowers and satyrs set within a pattern of schweifwerk.

Place of Origin

Stuttgart, Germany (made)

Date

1617 (Printed)

Artist/maker

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'

Dimensions

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

Print by 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.
Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1928. London: HMSO, 1929
The full text of the entry is as follows:

'HULSEN (or Hulseen), Esaias van (b. 1570).

Designs for goldsmith's ornament in the niello manner. Set of
6 plates, including title. (GUILMARD, p. 391, no. 9.)
Title signed ESAIAS VAN HVLSEN in Studtgart 1617; E.3352,
E V H; E.3355, E.V.H.F.
Engravings. Average size (4 1/4 x 4 1/4). E.3350-3355-1928.'

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Engraving; Etching

Subjects depicted

Birds; Scrolls; Animals; Mermaid; Enamelling; Moresque

Categories

Prints; Designs; Enamels; Ornament prints

Collection code

PDP

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