Theodor van Kessel (Dutch, 1620–1660), after Johan Smith (active 17th century)
14 11/16 x 10 5/8 x 1/8 in. (37.3 x 27 x 0.3 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1927 (27.23.48)
This portrait of the Utrecht goldsmith Adam van Vianen is included in the second part of a series of forty-eight plates celebrating his designs in the Auricular Style, published by his son, Christiaen van Vianen. The portrait, which appears to reproduce an unknown painting, shows the goldsmith as a prominent member of society. Van Vianen is depicted with a small hammer in his hand, which is exactly the type of tool he would have used to shape and emboss the silver into the intricate organic forms characteristic of the Auricular Style.