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Design for embroidery - 'Part II: Fortgesetzter Kunst- und Fleiss-übender Nadel- auch Laden-Gewirck- Ergötzungen oder des neu-erfundenen Neh und Stick Buchs Anderer Theil'
  • 'Part II: Fortgesetzter Kunst- und Fleiss-übender Nadel- auch Laden-Gewirck- Ergötzungen oder des neu-erfundenen Neh und Stick Buchs Anderer Theil'
    Helm, Margaretha, born 1659 - died 1742
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'Part II: Fortgesetzter Kunst- und Fleiss-übender Nadel- auch Laden-Gewirck- Ergötzungen oder des neu-erfundenen Neh und Stick Buchs Anderer Theil'

  • Object:

    Design for embroidery

  • Place of origin:

    Nuremberg (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1742 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Helm, Margaretha, born 1659 - died 1742 (made)
    Weigel, Johann Christoph (the younger), born 1702 - died 1777 (published)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving and etching on graph paper.

  • Museum number:

    E.1156-1933

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case 92, shelf C, box 3A

This is a design on two sheets of paper showing a wreath enclosing the Virgin Mary. It is from a pattern book for embroidery (about 1742) 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 re-published by Christoph Weigel the Younger (1702-1777). The V&A has a series of pattern books for embroidery in three parts by Margaretha Helm of which this volume is Part II. It is entitled Fortgesetzter Kunst- und Fleiss-übender Nadel- auch Laden-Gewirck-Ergötzungen oder des neu-erfundenen Neh und Stick Buchs Anderer Theil or Further Delights of the Art and Industry of the practising Needle and Loom; or the newly invented Sewing and Embroidery Book Another part.

Physical description

Design on two sheets showing a wreath enclosing the Virgin Mary. The design features a large acanthus leaf and floral motif. The design has been folded in to the album on graph paper.

Place of Origin

Nuremberg (published)

Date

ca. 1742 (made)

Artist/maker

Helm, Margaretha, born 1659 - died 1742 (made)
Weigel, Johann Christoph (the younger), born 1702 - died 1777 (published)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving and etching on graph paper.

Marks and inscriptions

'31'
Plate number in ink at topright.

Dimensions

Height: 38.8 cm Size of plate. Not exact due to fold in paper., Width: 28.5 cm Size of plate.

Descriptive line

Design on two sheets showing a wreath enclosing the Virgin Mary, about 1742 by Margaretha Helm (1659-1742)

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

Ludwig, H. Nürnberger naturgeschichtliche Maleria 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 Gelehrten Lexicon oder Beschreibung derienigen Personen welche in den Buchstaben A bis Z vischer gänzlich ausgelassen worden sind. Nürnberg, 4, p.421.
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 Helmin, the feminine form of Helm, in the Micromedia online catalogue.

Attribution note: The information in the preface for this design states that it represents two sheets and a wreath together with a picture of the Virgin Mary; Alike as plate numbers 17 and 18 [that] belong together as two sheets; No. 22, 23, 24 [belong together], which consists of three sheets [I think here 'Bogen' means sheet of paper]. But for critical reasons one has not joined these together because they can be better used in this way and could otherwise be torn apart [not sure about the transcript] by putting them together. For the rest, they fit quite accurately on each other, although the sheets do not always hit each other precisely, as the paper is sometimes to blame for it and one sheet is not like the other; but by recounting/tallying as many small holes will result on one page as on the other.

The other sheet is E.1155-1933

Materials

Ink; Graph paper

Techniques

Etching (printing process); Copper engraving

Subjects depicted

Wreath; Stitching; Acanthus; Embroidering; Weavers; Flowers

Categories

Designs; Embroidery; Fashion; Christianity; Religion

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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