Sixty Different Sorts of  Ornaments Invented by Gaetano Brunetti  Italian Painter.  Very Usefull to Painters,  Sculptors, Stone-Carvers, Wood-Carvers,  Silversmiths &c. thumbnail 1
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On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 53

Sixty Different Sorts of Ornaments Invented by Gaetano Brunetti Italian Painter. Very Usefull to Painters, Sculptors, Stone-Carvers, Wood-Carvers, Silversmiths &c.

Print
1736 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
This print is an etching, which uses the action of acid to create lines on a metal printing plate. This printed sheet is from a book entitled Sixty Different Sorts of Ornaments Invented by Gaetano Brunetti Italian Painter. Very Usefull to Painters, Sculptors, Stone-Carvers, Wood-Carvers, Silversmiths &c. published in 1736-1737. The whole design could be seen and copied with the aid of a mirror.

Designs & Designers
Gaetano Brunetti (active 1731-1758) had designed and painted mural decorations at the town houses of the James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos, and Charles Bennet, 2nd Earl of Tankerville, and others in the early 1730s. As a kind of advertisement for his work, and a memorial of it, he provided designs for his book derived from ideas he had used in his mural paintings. This printed design could be adapted for two- or three-dimensional work in various media. A Rococo cartouche is, among other things, an elaborate and often fanciful decorative surround for an inscription, a title, or a picture, on objects as diverse as a book frontispiece or a silver cup. Prints like this one ensured the rapid dissemination of the Rococo style in Britain.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Etching, ink on paper
Brief Description
Gaetano Brunetti (after), design for a cartouche from 'Sixty Different Sorts of Ornaments Invented by Gaetano Brunetti Italian Painter. Very Usefull to Painters, Sculptors, Stone-Carvers, Wood-Carvers, Silversmiths &c.' London, 1736-1737.
Physical Description
Etching
Dimensions
  • Paper height: 16.5cm
  • Paper (cut) width: 11.1cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Signed 'H.Fletcher Sculp.'; lettered 'G.Brunetti inv et del.'
Gallery Label
British Galleries: These prints are from the first British pattern book to include Rococo motifs. Gaetano Brunetti was an Italian decorative painter. The strong asymmetrical arrangement of motifs is typical of Rococo.(27/03/2003)
Object history
Plate from 'Sixty Different Sorts of Ornaments'Designed by Gaetano Brunetti (born in Lombardy, Italy, active 1731, died in Paris, 1758); etched in London by Henry Fletcher (active 1715-1738)
Summary
Object Type
This print is an etching, which uses the action of acid to create lines on a metal printing plate. This printed sheet is from a book entitled Sixty Different Sorts of Ornaments Invented by Gaetano Brunetti Italian Painter. Very Usefull to Painters, Sculptors, Stone-Carvers, Wood-Carvers, Silversmiths &c. published in 1736-1737. The whole design could be seen and copied with the aid of a mirror.

Designs & Designers
Gaetano Brunetti (active 1731-1758) had designed and painted mural decorations at the town houses of the James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos, and Charles Bennet, 2nd Earl of Tankerville, and others in the early 1730s. As a kind of advertisement for his work, and a memorial of it, he provided designs for his book derived from ideas he had used in his mural paintings. This printed design could be adapted for two- or three-dimensional work in various media. A Rococo cartouche is, among other things, an elaborate and often fanciful decorative surround for an inscription, a title, or a picture, on objects as diverse as a book frontispiece or a silver cup. Prints like this one ensured the rapid dissemination of the Rococo style in Britain.
Bibliographic Reference
Snodin, Michael (ed.), assisted by Elspeth Moncrieff, Rococo: Art and Design in Hogarth’s England (exh. cat.: The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 16 May – 30 September 1984), 38.
Collection
Accession Number
E.295-1897

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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