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Print, Plate, from a series of designs for ewers and vessels

This is a Print. It was designed by Cornelis Floris II and published by Hieronymus Cock. We acquired it in 1946. Its medium is engraving on white laid paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This engraving by the artist Cornelis Floris shows a fantastical ewer composed of a large snail shell, snakes, a dragon and four bearded men. It is a plate from a suite of twenty one designs for vases with grotesque decorations printed in 1548 by the Antwerp publisher Hieronymous Cock. In the mid-sixteenth century, many Northern European artists competed to produce designs for bizarre and inventive table vessels. These could be executed in precious metals or wood, although many remained as exercises in imagination. Ornament prints such as these were copied by artisans working in different media, and were responsible for disseminating various decorative styles. Floris was a Flemish sculptor, engraver and architect who traveled to Rome sometime in the 1530’s and 40’s, where he was exposed to grotesque motifs through new archeological discoveries as well as contemporary Italian design. Upon return to Flanders, his workshop contributed significantly to the Northern Renaissance by producing work in the exuberant Italian Mannerist style.

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Print, Plate, from a series of designs for ewers and vessels; Designed by Cornelis Floris II (Flemish, ca. 1513–14 – 1575); Netherlands; engraving on white laid paper; 1946-3-3

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Fragile Beasts.

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