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Design for a base, of strapwork with some acanthus leaves and festoon-like chains

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (Drawn)

  • Date:

    about 1710 (Drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red and black chalk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case CD, shelf 4

Physical description

Design for a base, of strapwork with some acanthus leaves and festoon-like chains. Left half of the drawing is produced by counterproof

Place of Origin

Germany (Drawn)


about 1710 (Drawn)



Materials and Techniques

Red and black chalk

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in brown ink zum kring [?] 24 marckt
`zum kring' means literally `to the ring', but it is not clear to what this refers
A `marckt', if it is a variant spelling of `mark', varied in weight, but usually weighed about 8oz when applied to silver.


Height: 19.2 cm, Width: 23.7 cm

Historical context note

This is one of a series of metalwork drawings [E.948-1969-1991], all sharing the same provenance and may all come from the same workshop, and seem to date to about 1710. One further drawing from this group of 23 is in a private collection in Paris. The majority of the drawings are rendered in red chalk, with the left half usually obtained by counterproof. Other drawings are in pen and brown ink. The annotations in German indicate the weight of the object after it was made, which betrays a craft knowledge and suggests that the drawings come from the workshop of a silversmith. The decorative elements are typical of the early 18th century, deriving from the work of Jean Bérain and German silversmiths.

Descriptive line

Design for a base, of strapwork with some acanthus leaves and festoon-like chains, about 1710. Anonymous, German

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

Peter Fuhring, Design into Art Drawings for Architecture and Ornament, The Lodewijk Houthakker Collection, 1989, vol. I, pp. 395-399, cat.627

Subjects depicted

Acanthus; Strapwork; Chains; Festoons




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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