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Design for embroidery - Kunst-und Fleiss-übende Nadel-Ergötzungen oder neu- erfundenes Neh- und Stick-Buch
  • Kunst-und Fleiss-übende Nadel-Ergötzungen oder neu- erfundenes Neh- und Stick-Buch
    Helm, Margaretha, born 1659 - died 1742
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Kunst-und Fleiss-übende Nadel-Ergötzungen oder neu- erfundenes Neh- und Stick-Buch

  • Object:

    Design for embroidery

  • Place of origin:

    Nuremberg (published)

  • Date:

    ca.1725 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Helm, Margaretha, born 1659 - died 1742 (made)
    Weigel, Johann Christoph (the elder), born 1654 - died 1726 (published)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving and etching on laid paper

  • Museum number:

    E.3383-1932

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a printed design for embroidery, with some drawn-thread work, featuring floral and acanthus leaf motifs. Drawn-thread work is a form of counted-thread work in which the embroidery threads are used to pull the fabric threads apart. This creates an openwork pattern of holes and stitching. It is from a pattern book for embroidery (about 1725) by Margaretha Helm (neé Mainberger) (born in 1659 in Deiningen, died in 1742 in Nuremberg, Germany). Helm worked in Nuremberg as an embroiderer, a teacher of embroidery and a copperplate engraver who had her designs published by Johann Christoph Weigel. The V&A has a series of pattern books for embroidery in three parts by Margaretha Helm of which this volume is Part I. It is entitled Kunst-und Fleiss-übende Nadel-Ergötzungen oder neu- erfundenes Neh- und Stick-Buch or
The Delights of the Art and Industry of the practising Needle or the newly invented Sewing and Embroidery Book .

Physical description

Printed design featuring large swirling floral and acanthus leaf motifs with decorative patterns on some of the leaf shapes. There are three big designs and three smaller ones. The paper was folded in to the album.

Place of Origin

Nuremberg (published)

Date

ca.1725 (made)

Artist/maker

Helm, Margaretha, born 1659 - died 1742 (made)
Weigel, Johann Christoph (the elder), born 1654 - died 1726 (published)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving and etching on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Fleck Riß'
spot design

'22'
Plate number in ink at top right of page/ bottom right of design.

Dimensions

Height: 39.6 cm Size of plate., Width: 29.9 cm Size of plate.

Descriptive line

Printed design for embroidery, about 1725, by Margaretha Helm (1659-1742).

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

Ludwig, H. Nürnberger naturgeschichtliche Malerie im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert. Mahrburg an der Lahn: Basilisken-Presse, 1998. pp.255 and 333.
Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon. München: Manfred H. Grieb, 2007.
Will, G.A. Supplement zu dem Nürnbergischen Lexicon oder Beschreibung derienigen Personen welche in den Buchstaben A bis Z vischer gänzlich ausgelassen worden sind. Nürnberg, 4, p.421
Grimm, Jacob, and Grimm, Wilhelm. Deutsches Wörterbuch. Leipzig,: Verlag von S. Hirzel, Third Volume, 1862, 1741, p.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1933, London: Printed under the Authority of the Board of Education 1934

Production Note

These printed designs by Helm are catalogued as by Helmin, the feminine form of Helm, in the Micromedia online catalogue.

Materials

Ink; Laid paper

Techniques

Engraving; Etching

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Spots; Acanthus; Leaf (plant material)

Categories

Designs; Textiles; Embroidery

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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