Festivitates Aurifabris (...) / Verscheide Snakeryen dienstich voor Goutsmits, Beelthouwers, Steenhouwers, en alle die de const beminnen (Plate 7)

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 1/16 in. (22.5 × 18 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(7)


In this print, Jacob Lutma has beautifully rendered a design for a cartouche made by his father, the famous goldsmith Johannes Lutma the Elder. The design contains many characteristics of the Auricular Style as it developed in the Netherlands and the works of Dutch artists during the first half of the seventeenth century. The organic shapes reflect the influence of anatomical study and the interest in exotic creatures such as sting rays. Two monstrous masks seem to emerge on the top and bottom of the cartouche. Designs like this one worked well on paper, but were also executed in silver, wood, and stone.