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Design for silver engraving - Proper Ornaments to be Engrav'd on Plate
  • Proper Ornaments to be Engrav'd on Plate
    Charles de Moelder
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Proper Ornaments to be Engrav'd on Plate

  • Object:

    Design for silver engraving

  • Place of origin:


  • Date:

    ca. 1694

  • Artist/Maker:

    Charles de Moelder (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 144

This image, probably intended as a design for a soup bowl or tureen, is decorated with acanthus leaves and putti. This scheme appears frequently in Charels de Moelder’s work of the 1690s, and, with its Classical associations, would have provided an attractive design for the late-seventeenth century patrons wishing to purchase fine silverwork for their homes.

De Moelder’s designs would have been available for goldsmiths to purchase, and they would probably have used them as stock images or as inspiration. From these images, luxury items for the table or the toilette could have been made in bulk or customised for wealthy patrons by mixing various elements of de Moelder’s prints. This image is only one part of a larger plate possibly cut down by a later collector to enjoy more for its inventive quality rather than its functional use as a pattern.

Physical description

Circular design for one element of design for a bowl, probably the lid. Design includes acanthus leaves, puttis and a foliate mask.

Place of Origin



ca. 1694


Charles de Moelder (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Circumference: 43.35 cm cut to

Object history note

This print is one part of the original plate, which can be seen in its whole version in V&A inventory number E. 386-1926.

Descriptive line

Charles de Moelder (after). Design for a bowl-cover. Partial 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.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1926, London: Board of Education, 1927.


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Subjects depicted

Serpents; Faces; Putti; Acanthus


Ornament prints; Silver; Metalwork; Designs; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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