Lunar-shaped Ring Bezel and Grotesque Figures

Printmaker: Noël Rouillard (French, Paris ca. 1589–1646 Paris)

Date: ca. 1620–30

Medium: Blackwork engraving

Dimensions: Plate: 2 9/16 x 2 3/4 in. (6.5 x 7 cm)
Sheet: 4 x 5 3/16 in. (10.2 x 13.2 cm)

Classifications: Prints, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1942

Accession Number: 42.40.1(1)


Although this is a very small print, it has been very finely cut by the artist Noël Rouillard. He was the son of a goldsmith, but it is unclear whether he ever actually worked as a goldsmith himself. He did however publish several print series with designs related to this profession. This print comes from a series of twelve such prints and shows a design for a lunar-shaped ring bezel in its center. Rouillard combined this design with several other motifs such as the fantastical creatures depicted on all four sides of the central motif.