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Print - A New Booke of Variety of Compartments
  • A New Booke of Variety of Compartments
    Zuccaro, Federico
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A New Booke of Variety of Compartments

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    Zuccaro, Federico (designer)
    White, Robert, born 1645 - died 1703 (engraver)

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    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 104

This series of twelve designs, executed by the English artist Robert White after the Italian Federico Zuccaro, exemplifies two important elements of ornamental design in the seventeenth century: the cartouche and the auricular style. Each engraving centres around a blank space, into which an inscription or coat of arms might be set. Though cartouches originated as elementsof larger design programs, with their elaborate designs they became, as exemplified in this series, the focus of entire design programmes. The auricular style was influenced by the curling, fleshy appearance of the ear, and appears in the series in the tentacle-like surround on print eight, or the dog-like masks that frame several of the images. Often used in metalworking designs, the use of it in this series gives the designs a sense of weight and three-dimensionality, appropriate for designs that could be used in the decoration of furniture, architecture or silverware.

Physical description

Cartouche flanked by two mermaids with a lion mask at the bottom and tentacle-like ornaments curving around it.

Place of Origin





Zuccaro, Federico (designer)
White, Robert, born 1645 - died 1703 (engraver)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions



Height: 18.2 cm, Width: 15.1 cm

Object history note

Some images of the original series, now housed at Prague’s decorative arts museum, UPM, can be seen via this address http://www.ornamentalprints.eu/sdb/do/search.state.

Descriptive line

Federico Zuccaro (after), Robert White (engraved by), plate from suite of ten, including the title plate, showing designs for decorative shields for coats of arms. British, 1671.

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

Griffiths, Antony, and Robert A. Gerard. The Print in Stuart Britain, 1603-1689. London: Published for the Trustees of the British Museum by British Museum Press, 1998.
Guilmard, Désiré, Les Maitres Ornemanistes: Écoles Française, Italienne, Allemande et des Pays-Bas (Flamande et Hollandaise), Paris, E Pron et Cie, 1801.

Subjects depicted

Mask; Mermaids


Ornament prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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