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'Continuatio der Kunst- und Fleiß-übenden Nadel-Ergötzung oder des neu-ersonnenen Besondern Nehe-Bichs dritter Theil'

  • 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:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case 92, shelf C, box 4

These four printed designs are for embroidered slippers featuring floral and acanthus leaf motifs. They are 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 III. It is entitled Continuatio der Kunst- und Fleiss-übenden Nadel-Ergötzung oder des neu-ersonnenen besondern Nehe-Buchs Dritter Theil or Continuation of the Delights of the Art and Industry of the practising Needle or the newly-invented special Sewing Book Third part.

Physical description

Printed designs (4) for slippers. These designs feature floral motifs. Two of these include acanthus leaves.

Place of Origin

Nuremberg (published)


ca. 1725 (made)


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

Plate number in ink at bottom right hand corner.

Inscription below the design.


Height: 30.5 cm Size of plate, Width: 39.5 cm Size of plate.

Descriptive line

Printed designs (4) for embroidered slippers from a pattern book, about 1725 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.


Ink; Laid paper


Etching (printing process); Copper engraving

Subjects depicted

Slippers; Floral motifs; Acanthus


Designs; Embroidery; Fashion; Accessories; Footwear

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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