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Sheet of designs of girdle-links and finial of a knife-handle, one of four sheets formerly bound in 'A Jeweller's Pocket Book'; comprising designs for: a) an urn-shaped scent-flask, probably set with pearls, b) an enamelled girdle-link, set with jewels and pearls, c) a gold filigree (?) girdle pomander, probably set with pearls, d) an enamelled girdle-link, set with jewels and pearls, indicating articulated joints, e) and g) - i) girdle-links similar to b) and d), f) finial of a knife handle. c.1550
Pen and brown ink, with traces of underdrawing in black chalk
- Production date
- 1550 (circa)
Height: 142 millimetres
Width: 97 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- South German, possibly Munich, c.1550
See Curator's Comment to 1978,1216.14(1-172). The four sheets (1978,1216.15, 16, 17, and 18), formerly bound into the book, were loose on its acquisition, and are now mounted separately. These drawings are by the same hand as those on the bound pages.
LITERATURE: VAM, Court Jewels, p. 120, repr.
This sheet of studies is evidently a good indication of the best that the draughtsman is capable; and while the designs well reflect the current styles of decoration of jewellery then in vogue in Bavaria, they are not executed with the same mixture of lively invention and precision of detail, expressed in free, energetic penwork, that is the hallmark of the designs in Wenzel Jamnitzer's so-called 'Berlin Sketchbook' of 1545-6 and later (Berlin, Kunstbibliothek, inv. no. 97/94; Nuremberg, ‘Jamnitzer’, pp. 340f, no. 298, repr.).
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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