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Print - Ten designs for pendants

Ten designs for pendants

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:


  • Date:

    mid 16th century
    before 1573

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hans Collaert (designer)
    Hans Collaert (engraver)
    Hans Liefrinck, born 1517 - died 1573 (publisher)
    Galle, Theodoor (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


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  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In the sixteenth century, goldsmiths and engravers started to favour architectural designs for jewellery. Hans Collaert, one of the leading ornament engravers in Antwerp in the mid sixteenth century, participated in this move towards architectural pendant designs, as demonstrated in this set of ten designs. The images that do not include architectural elements are probably meant to serve as the verso for similar pendants. Arabesque designs that decorate these images could have been made with enamel paint or through open metalwork. The numbering on this plate indicates that it is a posthumous edition of the series originally printed by Hans Liefrinck.

Physical description

Design for a pendant verso with grapevine arabesques and accompanied by a design for a pair of fan shaped ornaments.

Place of Origin



mid 16th century
before 1573


Hans Collaert (designer)
Hans Collaert (engraver)
Hans Liefrinck, born 1517 - died 1573 (publisher)
Galle, Theodoor (publisher)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

lower left

lower right


Height: 13.6 cm cut to, Width: 8.6 cm cut to

Object history note

Pendants with architectural decoration can still be seen in various collections, including the British Museum. WB149, for example, though it is a German piece, shows a shared an interest with architectural elements exhibited in the Collaert designs.

Descriptive line

Hans Collaert (after), plate from a suite of ten, including title plate, showing designs for jewellery with architectural elements and vegetal-arabesques. Flemish, mid-sixteenth century.

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

Hollstein, F.W.H., Ann Diels, Marjolein Leesberg, Arnout Balis, and Collaert. The new Hollstein Dutch & Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, 1450-1700 The Collaert Dynasty / comp. by Ann Diels and Marjolein Leesberg; ed. by Marjolein Leesberg and Arnout Balis. The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450-1700. Ouderkerk aan den IJssel: Sound & Vision Publishers, 2005.
Tait, Hugh. Catalogue of the Waddesdon Bequest in the British Museum; I The Jewels, London, BMP, 1986. Accessed via The British Museum Website, www.britishmuseum.org, 10/02/2012.


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