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Design for a section of the rim of a salver, showing a sea-god driving a chariot to which are harnessed two horses and a unicorn, preceded by naiads playing the harp and a kind of trumpet in serpent shape; various amorini brandish sword and censer, helmet and laurel wreath, and act as supporters to the English royal arms, while another rides on the back of a lion which heads the whole procession and holds its bridle.
Pen and brown ink cut to the shape of a fan
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Height: 64 millimetres
Width: 243 millimetres (fan-shaped)
- Curator's comments
- The first of a series of 20 drawings (1917,0609.1-20), now laid down onto the pages of a modern album, formed after acquisition by the BM. According to Campbell Dodgson's note in the acquisition register, the drawings were 'removed from a volume (bound after 1618) in old calf, containing designs for goldsmiths of the 16th & 17th centuries, recently found at Chester and acquired by Mr E. Peter Jones'. The BM also acquired 44 engravings from the same source (register nos.1917,0609.21 to 64), and these have been distributed within the series of prints. Dodgson's report to the Trustees, dated 25 May 1917, states that the 'book of goldsmiths' patterns [was] collected and bound about that period, and recently bought by Mr Jones at Chester'. The prints had been selected to fill gaps in the BM collection, and it seems that all the drawings in the album were included in the exchange. The group was valued at £150, and the list of 16 duplicate engravings by Dürer for which they were swapped is bound with the report.
Tipped into the album is an extract from the 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries', XXIX for 1917, June 28th, 1917, by Dodgson that describes the acquisition and its contents. The date of 1618 is written on one of the prints from the album, and probably acts as a terminus for its assembly; the latest datable prints are from 1611. The drawings are by several hands, apparently Flemish or German origin; thre show the English royal arms, and so relate to some commission from the court; possibly others of the drawings were also produced in England during the reign of James I.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- 1919,0609.1 to 64 consist of 20 ornamental designs for goldsmith's and jeweller's work, drawn in the XVIc and early XVIIc, as well as 44 engravings of similar character and period. They all come from an old album formed at the time: the latest date for any item is 1618, and the album in old calf cannot have been formed much later. In 1917 it had 'recently' been found in Chester, and was acquired by Mr E Peter Jones of Green Bank, Chester. He removed the items wanted by the BM and exchanged them for 20 duplicate engravings by Dürer. It is not recorded what became of the rest of the album. See Dodgson's long report to the Trustees dated 25 May 1917.
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