Claes Jansz. Visscher (Dutch, 1586–1652), copy after Hertzog von Brin (German, late 16th–early 17th century)
Blackwork; plate 2 x 1 9/16 in. (5.1 x 4 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1956 (56.500.114)
The Dutch print publisher Claes Jansz. Visscher collected various samples of blackwork prints from all over Europe and published them together as one series. This particular print is a copy in reverse after Hertzog von Brin, an artist who worked at the Viennese court and is mainly known through his ornament prints, which all relate to the goldsmith trade. The print shows an oval design decorated with small motifs, predominantly recognizable as birds, insects, and fruits. The design most likely served as a model for the outer decoration of a pendant or watch case.