What is this?
Pendant design with animal imagery (winged deer, squirrels, rabbits) with hanging pear-shaped pearls. Central image features The Temptation: Adam and Eve with serpent hanging from tree. Surrounding the pendant are blackwork ornament designs for enamelists, mostly showing possibilities for the top and sides of rings. First plate of the complete set of 8. (Matted with 6161.1-2/4.2000)
Why is this in our collection?
This series of ornament prints by the engraver Johann Theodor de Bry documents Daniel Mignot's remarkable suite of jewelry designs. Mignot, a Huguenot goldsmith active in Augsburg, was, as a foreigner, not permitted to practice his craft in Germany. Instead, Mignot created 100 prints of his innovative jewelry designs (the prints were made between 1593 and 1596), and these were widely distributed and greatly admired by goldsmiths and other designers throughout Europe. They were so popular that they were reprinted in 1616. For de Bry, who must have sensed the market’s great demand for Mignot's designs, reissuing a series of plates copying Mignot’s originals would have been a lucrative publishing venture.... more