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Le Livre de Bijouterie

  • Object:

    Jewellery design

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (published)

  • Date:

    mid-16th century (engraved)
    1600 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thiry, Léonard (Designer)
    Rosso Fiorentino, born 1494 - died 1540 (Designer)
    Boyvin, René (engraver)
    de la Houve, Paul (Published)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.222-1927

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 9

This engraving belongs to a series of twenty prints, all showing designs for goldsmiths and jewellers. They were engraved by René Boyvin, a French artist of the 16th century, after models by Rosso Fiorentino or more probably by his aide, Léonard Thiry. The ornament prints of this period are numerous; prints allowed the models to be more widespread so goldsmiths and jewellers everywhere could have access to the latest designs. This series, though dating from the middle of the 16th century, was published by Paul de la Houve, who worked in Paris in 1600. This shows the long-lasting success of this kind of engraving.

Physical description

Engraving. Design for two pendants. That on the left is round; that on the right is oval; each enriched with pendant pearls and four amorini. One of a series of twenty prints from Le Livre de Bijouterie. Engraved by René Boyvin after Rosso Fiorentino or Léonard Thiry, mid-16th century. Published by Paul de la Houve, Paris, 1600.

Place of Origin

Paris (published)

Date

mid-16th century (engraved)
1600 (published)

Artist/maker

Thiry, Léonard (Designer)
Rosso Fiorentino, born 1494 - died 1540 (Designer)
Boyvin, René (engraver)
de la Houve, Paul (Published)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Paules de la Houve excud.'

Dimensions

Height: 8.7 cm Cut to, Width: 13.8 cm Cut to

Historical context note

This engraving is one of a series of twenty prints showing designs for goldsmiths and jewellers. They were engraved by René Boyvin, a French artist of the 16th century, after models by Rosso Fiorentino or more probably by his assistant, Léonard Thiry. The ornament prints of this period are numerous; prints facilitated the dissemination of designs so goldsmiths and jewellers everywhere could have access to the latest versions. This series, though dating from the middle of the 16th century, was published by Paul de la Houve, who worked in Paris in 1600. This shows the long-lasting popularity of this kind of engraving.

Descriptive line

René Boyvin after Rosso Fiorentino or Léonard Thiry. Design for two pendants from a suite of 20 plates entitled <i>Le Livre de Bijouterie</i>. Mid-16th century, published by Paul de la Houve, Paris, 1600.

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

Robert-Dumesnil, A. P. F. Le peintre-graveur français, ou Catalogue raisonné des estampes gravées par les peintres et les dessinateurs de l'école française. Ouvrage faisant suite au Peintre-graveur de M. Bartsch. Par A.-P.-F. Robert-Dumesnil. Paris: G. Warée, 1835-71. Vol. VIII, p. 74, no.161.
For reproduction, see: Armand-Durand, M. Le livre de bijouterie de René Boyvin, d'Angers reproduit en fac-simile par M. Amand-Durand. Paris : Rapilly, 1876. 16 p., 20 leaves of plates, ill.
Linzeler, A. and Jean Adhémar., Inventaire du fonds français; graveurs du seizième siècle (Paris: M. Le Garrec; Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1932-1935, 1932): vol. 1, p. 199.
Levron, J., René Boyvin, graveur angevin du XVIe siècle, avec le catalogue de son oeuvre et la reproduction de 114 estampes (Anger, France: Les Lettres et la Vie Française. Éditions Jacques Petit, 1941), 268.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1927, London: Board of Education, 1928.

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Engraving (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Goldsmiths; Metal-work; Pearl; Gems; Ornament; Jewellery; Designs; Amorini; Putti; Pendants (jewelry)

Categories

Prints; Designs; Ornament prints; Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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