Modelli Artificiosi (...) Parte seconda (Plate 27)

Etcher: 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: 10 1/4 × 7 1/2 in. (26 × 19 cm)

Classifications: Albums, Prints, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1927

Accession Number: 27.23.57


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 print shows a quarter of what appears to be an oval silver dish. Because it is a symmetrical design, it was not thought necessary to display the dish in its entirety. With the help of two mirrors, placed on the straight lines on the left and top of the print the viewer could reconstruct the complete design. The same could be achieved by making copies by way of tracing or pouncing the print.