Michiel Mosyn (Dutch, born 1630), after Adam van Vianen I (Dutch, ca. 1568/69–1627) and Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (Dutch, 1621–1674)
Amsterdam: [Cornelis Danckerts I], [ca. 1651–53]
Etching and engraving
plate 10 1/16 x 7 1/16 in. (25.6 x 18 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1956 (56.500.10)
The publisher Cornelis Danckerts was clever enough to quickly pick up on the popularity of print series showing designs in the Auricular Style. Taking full advantage of the wide demand, he compiled a series after all the first important protagonists of the style, such as the van Vianen brothers, van den Eeckhout, and Lutma. This design for a ewer seems closest to objects made by Adam van Vianen, although it might be a free adaptation rather than a piece by the master himself. Just like in other prints from this series, variants are given to stimulate inspiration in other artists. Here we see two different ideas for the shaping of the ewer's stem, in which the position and head of the monsterlike creature are slightly altered.