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Print - Bullarum invarium etc. archetypi artificiosi
  • Bullarum invarium etc. archetypi artificiosi
    Hans Collaert
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Bullarum invarium etc. archetypi artificiosi

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    Hans Collaert (designer)
    Collaert, Adriaen (engraver)
    Galle, Philip, born 1537 - died 1612 (publisher)

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    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 12

After Hans Collaert’s death in October of 1580, his sons and his publisher, Philips Galle, produced two more sets of engravings after his designs for jewellery. This is the second one, published in 1582, and is comprised of ten prints including the title page. Though it represents the last of Hans’ publications, it is also the first dated plates engraved by his son Adriaen, who would continue to an illustrious engraving and publishing career of his own. Each image shows a pendant in the shape of a sea creature and topped with humans, dieties or merpeople. The pendants dangle from delicate ribbon work and are each hung with three pearls. It is possible that the bodies of the sea creatures themselveves were made out of baroque pearls. Baroque pearls were famous for their irregular shapes and were prized in the early modern world as the basis for elaborate jewellery designs such as the ones seen in the Collaert series.

Physical description

Design for a pendant in the shape of a large fish carrying on its back Tobias, his dog and the archangel Raphael; hung with pearls.

Place of Origin





Hans Collaert (designer)
Collaert, Adriaen (engraver)
Galle, Philip, born 1537 - died 1612 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 16.1 cm cut to, Width: 8.3 cm cut to

Object history note

For an example of a baroque pearl pendant contemporary to these designs, see M537-1910 in the V&A collection. For an example of a sea-creature pendant similar and contemporary to this design, see 44.443 in the Walter’s Art Museum collection. For complete a edition of this series, see E2203-1911 through E2212-1911 in the V&A collection. (F. Allitt)

Descriptive line

Hans Collaert (after), plate from a suite of ten, including title plate, showing jewellery in the shape of sea creatures. Flemish, 1582.

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.

Subjects depicted

Dog; Fish


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