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Proper Ornaments to be Engrav'd on Plate

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London

  • Date:

    1694

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    engraving

  • Museum number:

    27882:9

  • 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

London

Date

1694

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

engraving

Marks and inscriptions

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

Dimensions

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

Acanthus; Putti

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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