Theodor van Kessel (Dutch, 1620–1660), after Adam van Vianen I (Dutch, ca. 1568/69–1627)
Utrecht: [Christiaen van Vianen], [1646–52]
plate 8 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (21 x 16.5 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1927 (27.23.38)
The monogram AV on the bottom left of this print identifies this ewer as a design by the Utrecht goldsmith Adam van Vianen. It is incorporated in a series of forty-eight plates celebrating his designs in the Auricular Style, published by his son Christiaen van Vianen, who followed in his father's footsteps. His own designs in this style were much sought after as well, and it is thought that some of the designs in the series may in fact be by his hand. The publication of these prints greatly benefitted him and his contemporaries, since it spurred a second surge in the demand for pieces in the Auricular Style.