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

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Stuttgart (city) (made)
    Stuttgart (Printed)

  • Date:

    1617 (Printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hulsen, Esaias Van, born 1570 (artist)
    Hulsen, Esaias Van, born 1570 (Printmaker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving with etching

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

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 (city) (made)
Stuttgart (Printed)


1617 (Printed)


Hulsen, Esaias Van, born 1570 (artist)
Hulsen, Esaias Van, born 1570 (Printmaker)

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

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




Engraving; Etching

Subjects depicted

Moresque; Enamelling; Animals; Scrolls; Birds; Mermaid


Prints; Enamels; Designs; Ornament prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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