Jean I Toutin (French, 1578–1644)
Blackwork and engraving; plate 4 3/16 x 3 1/16 in. (10.7 x 7.8 cm)
The Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1923 (23.84.15)
Jean I Toutin often combined his designs for goldsmith work with figurative scenes that do not always seem to relate directly, but make his sheets all the more attractive. The current sheet, from a series dated 1619, shows a pendant shaped like a beetle, its back covered in Schweifwerk ornament, which was to be executed in enamel. Two different types of beetles are depicted on either side, presumably to show possible variations in the shape of the pendant. The scene below portrays a young man playing an instrument while sitting in the shade of a tree. A man and woman stand close by and seem to listen to his music.