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Dutch Design in the Age of Rembrandt
Adam van Vianen (I)
This is the most spectacular kwab design, made by Adam van Vianen in 1614 to commemorate the death of his brother Paulus.
On display in room 2.1
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Andries Grill was one of the master silversmiths in The Hague who preferred to work with kwab ornament.
On display in room 2.19
The kwab in Grill's basin comes in the form of noses, eyes and masks. These monstrous elements remain subordinate to the overall design.
This layette cupboard has a kwab base with a monstrous mask, and was ordered especially for the belongings of a new-born baby.
This self portrait by Ferdinand Bol comes with a kwab frame where auricular shapes are combined with realistic motifs like flowers.
Pieter Hendricksz. Schut
In these designs for tables, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout combines undulating auricular shapes with fashionably classical fruit garlands.
Johannes Lutma (1624-1689)
Johannes Lutma was responsible for the design of the choir screen of the New Church in Amsterdam, combining gothic and auricular motifs.
On this Amsterdam chandelier dated 1650, auricular features are limited to the stylized monsters from which the branches spring.
Johannes Lutma (1584-1669)
This design for an auricular condiment dish was recently discovered and bought by the museum. It can be attributed to Johannes Lutma.
Rembrandt van Rijn
Rembrandt depicted his friend Johannes Lutma with the drinking cup which he designed in 1641, indicating its importance.
Jacob Adriaensz. Backer
Lutma had himself painted with a saltcellar like those shown in this collection. He must have seen it as one of his most important designs.
On display in room 2.8
Theodorus van Kessel
This series of 48 designs is called the Constighe Modellen.
Print no. 19 from the Constighe Modellen, with a design for a ewer.
These 48 plates with Vianen designs are separated into three parts which all have their own title page. This is the second title page.
Print no. 8 from the Constighe Modellen, with a design for a ewer.
Print no. 6 from the Constighe Modellen, with a design for a ewer.
Where most designs in the Constighe Modellen show silverware, this door is completely framed with kwab.
Print no. 3 from the Constighe Modellen, with a design that resembles Adam van Vianen's exceptional cup made in 1625.
Adam's son Christiaen van Vianen publishes his father's designs for all who are interested in this invention of auricular art.
Print no. 13 from the Constighe Modellen, with designs for six lids for ewers and two spouts.
Print no. 12 from the Constighe Modellen, with a design for a sauce boat.
Print no. 10 from the Constighe Modellen, with designs for two bowls.
This painting shows Adam's 1614 ewer, this time as Pandora's box.
This is the first Dutch print showing auricular ornament (below), as what appears to be the skin of an animal with two paws attached.
This is the first print to show a fully auricular object, in the form of a bowl which is raised by Bacchus.
Herman Doomer pressed subtle auricular shapes into the baleen that adorns this mirror frame.
Funeral shields such as these would adorn a coffin and signal to which guild the deceased had belonged.
This is the oldest surviving object designed by Johannes Lutma, who would transform the Van Vianen kwab into his own auricular language.
They allow for a glimpse of the princely splendour adopted by the Amsterdam elite.
This ewer and basin now survive as the only example of such prestigious works of art made by Lutma for a private citizen.
As part of the Constighe Modellen, Christiaen published his father's portrait.
Fa. Elkington & Co.
The knob of this cup is the first 3D kwab mini object, where kwab is not used as decoration but as the body of the object itself.
The silver hilt of this ceremonial sword is decorated with various creatures which merge with the auricular shapes.
On display in room 0.12
John Cooques, who worked with Christiaen, may have made this jug after Christiaens design for the first one.
On display in room 0.7
Christiaen van Vianen
Adam's son Christiaen van Vianen may have made this jug during his time in London, where he also worked for king Charles I and II.
Paulus Willemsz. van Vianen
This is Paulus van Vianen's first known artwork on which he applies kwab ornament. Looking closely, the ornament resembles human bones.
On display in room 2.3
This is the earliest known work by Adam van Vianen on which he applies kwab ornament. It can also be seen on the wine cooler in the centre.
This cabinet from Augsburg does not look auricular from afar, but is adorned with kwab gilded silver mounts and a small carved kwab mask.
On display in room 2.26
Rembrandt designed many pieces of kwab furniture for his paintings. The auricular railing in this painting may stem from his imagination.
Kwab silver features in many seventeenth-century still life paintings. This ewer resembles one recently bought by the MET in New York.
On display in Gallery of Honour
This trowel was commissioned by one of the mayors of Amsterdam for the laying of the first stone of the Town Hall on Dam Square.
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