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

    E.2205-1911

  • Gallery location:

    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 with a man on its back cutting its flesh and behind him a doglike animal and an angel; this group may represent a scene from Tobias and the Angel from the book of Tobit.

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

Marks and inscriptions

"3"
lower left corner

Dimensions

Height: 16.7 cm cut to, Width: 11.4 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. V&A collection number 20122 is a duplicate of this print. (F. Allitt)

Descriptive line

Hans Collaert (after), plate from a suite of ten including the 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.
Aquatopia. The imaginary of the Ocean Deep Nottingham: Nottingham Contemporary, 2013. ISBN: 9781849762373.
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. 1654.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, Accessions 1911, London, Printed for His Majesty’s Stationery Office 1912

Categories

Ornament prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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