Festivitates Aurifabris (...) / Verscheide Snakeryen dienstich voor Goutsmits, Beelthouwers, Steenhouwers, en alle die de const beminnen (Plate 4)

Artist: Johannes Lutma the Elder (Dutch, Emden 1584–1669 Amsterdam)

Etcher: Jacob Lutma (Dutch, Amsterdam 1624/44–1654 Amsterdam)

Publisher: Frederick de Wit (Dutch, 1629/30–1706)

Date: 1654–78

Medium: Etching and engraving

Dimensions: Plate: 8 7/8 × 7 5/16 in. (22.6 × 18.6 cm)
Sheet: 12 5/16 × 8 1/16 in. (31.3 × 20.5 cm)

Classifications: Albums, Prints, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1963

Accession Number: 63.601.10(4)


Jacob Lutma decided to use the print medium to preserve his father’s designs for silver in the Auricular Style. The resulting print series contains some of the most iconic Auricular Style prints and covers a great variety of objects and ornaments. This print cleverly combines two different motifs – the frame and the ewer – in one attractive image, making it, as the title announces, useful for artists in various disciplines and an attractive collector’s item for ‘all who love the arts’.