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Designs for the Lids or Insides of Tobacco Boxes (1)

Artist:
Gottfried Pfautz (German, Ulm 1687/88–1760 Augsburg)
Publisher:
Albrecht Schmidt (German, active in Augsburg, 18th century (first half))
Date:
ca. 1710–30
Medium:
etching
Dimensions:
Plate: 3 7/16 x 4 13/16 in. (8.8 x 12.2 cm)
Classifications:
Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund 1949
Accession Number:
49.20.30(1)
Not on view
Rectangular design for the decoration of a tobacco box showing a central scene with a man and woman standing outside. The man has taken off his head and seems about to give the woman a letter. The scene is surrounded by a decorative frame filled with strapwork ending in leaves combined with two dwarfs, two small dragons, a mask on top and two string instruments below.
Signature: Guttfrid Pfautz sculpsit

Inscription: 'Guttfrid Pfautz (...) sculpsit'; ' In sterilem mittis verborum semina tezam / Et tibi cum Domino posterioru patent.'; Mein Jost; dein Herz sucht doch umsonst / Von hinden kan er haben Kunst'; 'Albrecht Schmidt. ex.'
Vendor: S. F. C. Smith
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