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Blackwork ornament designs for gold- and silversmiths

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Series of 6 engravings by Toutin, depicting jewelry designs in blackwork incorporating "pea-pod" motifs, with vignettes in conventional line engraving, including a crowned king and castle, musicians, a goldsmith and genre scenes; some with additional ornaments and figures of insects, flowers, etc. Numbered in plate: 1-2, III, 4-6. Plate marks: ca. 11 x 8 cm.. Toutin published another similar series; the 2 series were copied as a single series by Jacob van der Heyden in Strasbourg.On plate 1, in banderole at top of image: "Sic vos, non vobis"; in cartouche formed by goat's horns in center of image: "1619. Si quid melius videris."Imprint from plate 1; identification of Toutin as engraver from sources cited. Prints are dated in plate 1618 (no. 6) or 1619 (no. 1-5; another state of plate 5 is known, lacking number and dated 1618)."Blackwork" here refers to a style of ornamental engravings executed in Northern Europe between the 1580s and the 1620s to provide enameling designs for jewelers; chief distinguishing characteristic is the inclusion of areas of solid black. The style was formerly known in English as niello (distinct from the earlier Italian engraving style) or silhouette style. Cf. Christie, R. "Blackwork prints : designs for enamelling," in Print quarterly, v. 5, no. 1 (Mar. 1988), p. 4-20.
Toutin, Jean, 1578-1644 (Engraver)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1618 - 1619
Place: A Chasteaudun
Publisher: J. Toutin
Place: Châteaudun (France)
Library locations
Spencer Collection
Shelf locator: Spencer Coll. French 1614 12-94
Decoration and ornament, Baroque -- France
Jewelry -- Design
Enamel and enameling -- Design
Pattern books
Statement of responsibility: J. Toutin.
Additional physical form: Digital images (Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst/MAK and Kunstbibliothek Berlin copies) available online via Ornamental Prints Online.
Acquisition: Purchase; Susan Schulman, Printseller; 2011/11/08
Physical Description
Extent: 6 prints : engraving ; 13 x 12 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 801718342
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19658544
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7c8d4cc0-9db5-0132-73a2-58d385a7b928
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