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Print - Monilium Bullarum Inauriumque Artificiocissimae Icones
  • Monilium Bullarum Inauriumque Artificiocissimae Icones
    Hans Collaert
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Monilium Bullarum Inauriumque Artificiocissimae Icones

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Antwerp (made)

  • Date:

    1581 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    engraving

  • Museum number:

    E.877-1912

  • Gallery location:

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

After Hans Collaert’s death in 1580, his sons and publisher, Philips Galle, produced two more sets of engravings after his designs for jewellery. This is the first one published in 1581, and is comprised of ten prints including the title page. Each pendant is executed with delicate strapwork on a dark field, topped with a delicate ribbon design and hung with three pearls. Each except for the last two is also set with a mythological figure. The title page of the series shows two sleeping cherubs with skulls, and above them a nude figure which seems to be transported heavenward. Such details may have been added in response to the death of the designer.

Physical description

Strapwork ornament topped with a jewel and decorated with nude figures and pearls.

Place of Origin

Antwerp (made)

Date

1581 (published)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

engraving

Marks and inscriptions

MOIL: | IUM | BULLARUM, INAURIUMQUE | ARTIFICIOCISSIMAE ICONES. | IOANNIS COLLAERT OPUS POSTREMUM.| 1581
"Designs for necklaces, pendants and earrings of the highest skill. The final work by Joannis Collaert. 1581"
located in the cartouche; the series was published posthumously giving rise to the note about the designer's final work

"Cum privilegio PHILIPPUS GALLEUS EXCUDEBAT"
at the bottom

Dimensions

Height: 17.4 cm cut to, Width: 13.8 cm cut to

Descriptive line

Hans Collaert (after), plate from a suite of ten, including title plate, showing designs for pendants entitled 'Monilium Bullarum Inauriumque Artificiocissimae Icones'. Flemish, 1581.

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, no.1644.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, Accessions 1912, London, Printed for His Majesty’s Stationery Office 1913

Subjects depicted

Subject; Skulls; Cherubs; Snails; Moths

Categories

Ornament prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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