Modelli Artificiosi di Vasi diversi d'argento et altre Opere capriciozi (...) Parte prima (Plate 13)

Artist: Theodor van Kessel (Dutch, 1620–1660)

Artist: After Adam van Vianen I (Dutch, Utrecht ca. 1568/69–1627 Utrecht)

Publisher: Published by Christiaen van Vianen (Dutch, Utrecht ca. 1600–1667 Utrecht)

Date: [1646–52]

Medium: Etching

Dimensions: Plate: 8 1/4 × 6 5/16 in. (21 × 16 cm)

Classifications: Albums, Prints, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1927

Accession Number: 27.23.43


The monogram AV on the bottom left of this print identifies its maker as the Utrecht goldsmith Adam van Vianen. The print is part of the series Artful Models of Various Silver Vases and Other Capricious Work, consisting of 48 plates, published by his son Christiaen van Vianen. This specific print shows off Van Vianen’s ingenuity well, as it illustrates a number of different fanciful solutions to decorate the lid, spout and handle of a ewer or drinking vessel. In comparison to other designs in this style, the creatures emerge from the silver ground relatively far and can be identified with relative clarity.