1869 “Designs for Goldsmiths, Jewellers” by Hans Holbein

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 in June 2016.

First Edition Folio

This first edition folio showcases designs by the renowned artist Hans Holbein. Featuring 20 tipped-in photographs from the original drawings housed in the British Museum, this large folio offers a glimpse into the world of ornament design during the 16th century.

Exploring the Folio

‘Designs for Goldsmiths, Jewellers, Etc.’ curated under the direction of George William Reid, keeper of prints and drawings at the British Museum, presents a selection of Holbein’s designs for various ornamental pieces. With only four copies held in institutions worldwide, this folio is a testament to the scarcity and significance of its contents.

Insight into Hans Holbein’s Artistry

The drawings, mounted in a small quarto volume in 1752, have garnered acclaim from art scholars, including Dr. Alfred Woltmann, who praised them in his seminal work ‘Holbein und Seine Zeit.’ Examples of Holbein’s craftsmanship showcased in the folio include dagger-sheaths, rings, bracelets, pommels, and heraldic designs, among others.

Highlighting Elaborate Works

Noteworthy among Holbein’s designs are the chimney piece once owned by Horace Walpole, commissioned for a palace of King Henry VIII, and the gold cup designed for Queen Jane Seymour. Additionally, the folio features a time metre, providing further insight into Holbein’s diverse artistic repertoire.

Origin and Publication Details

Printed in London and published by the Arundel Society for Promoting the Knowledge of Art, this folio bears the stamp of approval from the Art and Science Department. Distributed by Bell and Daldy, the publication reflects a collaborative effort to disseminate artistic knowledge and appreciation.

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