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  • Description

    Plate 3: two oval designs for clock faces, decorated with foliate scrolls on dark ground; the right design also incorporates a hunter, his dogs, a hare and a squirrel Engraving

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  • Date

    • 1620-1630
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 80 millimetres
    • Width: 105 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        With the monogram "MB". Numbered above "3".
  • Curator's comments

    From a series of six plates representing designs for watch-cases and clock-faces, all executed on black ground. The plates were engraved by Le Blon in the 1620s (Fuhring).

  • Bibliography

    • Fuhring 1386 bibliographic details
    • Guilmard 503.13.L bibliographic details
    • Hollstein 61 bibliographic details
    • Michel le Blon 61 bibliographic details
    • Berlin 742(1)L bibliographic details
  • Location

    D+F XVIIc Mounted Roy

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    Prints & Drawings

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Ornament designs Engraving

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