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Print - A second set of most skilled designs for pendants and earrings
  • A second set of most skilled designs for pendants and earrings
    Hans Collaert
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A second set of most skilled designs for pendants and earrings

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Antwerp

  • Date:

    1582

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    engraving

  • Museum number:

    17513

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 120

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 sphinx-like sea creature carrying on its back a man with an oar

Place of Origin

Antwerp

Date

1582

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

engraving

Dimensions

Height: 15.4 cm cut to, Width: 10 cm cut to

Object history note

Part of a group of objects previously in possession of Mr. R.S.Smith [South Kensington Museum employee?].

Descriptive line

Hans Collaert (after): One print from a suite of ten including the title plate showing jewellery in the shape of sea creatures

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

Sphinx; Sea creatures

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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