Theodor van Kessel (Dutch, 1620–1660), after Adam van Vianen I (Dutch, ca. 1568/69–1627)
plate 10 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (26 x 19 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1927 (27.23.57)
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 print shows a quarter of what appears to be an oval silver dish. Because it is a symmetrical design, it was not thought necessary to display the dish in its entirety. With the help of two mirrors, placed on the straight lines on the left and top of the print, the viewer could reconstruct the complete design. The same could be achieved by making copies by tracing or pouncing the print.