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Print, Plate, from a series of designs for ewers and vessels, 1548

This is a Print. It was designed by Cornelis Floris II and published by Hieronymus Cock. It is dated 1548 and 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.

This object was purchased from Dr. William H. Schab. It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. John Innes Kane.

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Its dimensions are

22.7 x 15.6 cm (8 15/16 x 6 1/8 in.) Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14 in.)

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Print, Plate, from a series of designs for ewers and vessels, 1548; Designed by Cornelis Floris II (Flemish, ca. 1513–14 – 1575); Netherlands; engraving on white laid paper; 22.7 x 15.6 cm (8 15/16 x 6 1/8 in.) Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. John Innes Kane; 1946-3-3

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

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