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Proper Ornaments to be Engrav'd on Plate

  • Object:


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  • Artist/Maker:

    Charles de Moelder (designer)
    Charles de Moelder (engraver)

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  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 5, box B

The use of the acanthus leaf as a feature of ornament design dates back to ancient Rome and spans a variety of media. From Renaissance garments to Byzantine pillars, acanthus leaves are a sturdy leaf around which to base design. Charles de Moelder’s frieze designs, shown here, incorporate these large leaves as well as putti into a lush, classicised design. This design could have been used as an architectural element, or could have been incorporated into the design of furniture or a household vessel.

Physical description

Frieze design with putti among acanthus leaf work.

Place of Origin





Charles de Moelder (designer)
Charles de Moelder (engraver)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

"De. Moelder. in. et. Fecit"
upper left


Height: 7.9 cm cut to, Width: 30 cm

Object history note

One part of plate, the other half of which is V&A collection number 28872.9.

Descriptive line

Charles de Moelder (after), part of a plate from a suite of twelve showing designs for silver engraving. British, 1694.

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

Fuhring, Peter, and Jennifer Kilian. Ornament prints in the Rijksmuseum II, Pt. 1. The, seventeenth century / Peter Fuhring. Ornament Prints in the Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum, 2004.
Wees, Beth Carver. English, Irish, & Scottish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. New York: Hudson Hills press, 1997.

Subjects depicted

Putti; Acanthus


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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