Theodor van Kessel (Dutch, 1620–1660), after Adam van Vianen I (Dutch, ca. 1568/69–1627)
Utrecht: [Christiaen van Vianen], [1646–52]
plate 8 1/4 x 6 5/16 in. (21 x 16 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1927 (27.23.43)
The monogram AV on the bottom left of this print identifies its maker as the Utrecht goldsmith Adam van Vianen. The print is part of the series Artful Models of Various Silver Vases and Other Capricious Works, consisting of forty-eight plates and published by his son Christiaen van Vianen. This specific print shows van Vianen's ingenuity, as it illustrates a number of different fanciful solutions to decorate the lid, spout, and handle of a ewer or drinking vessel. In comparison to other designs in this style, the creatures emerge from the silver ground relatively far and thus can be identified with relative clarity.