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Sunday 2 May 2021

(Attrib.) Paul Flindt the Younger’s punched stipple engraving, “Covered Tankard”, late 1500s

(Attrib.) Paul Flindt the Younger (aka Paul Flynt; Paul Vlindt; Paul Flint; Paul Flynth; Paul Vlindt the Younger) (bapt.1567–1631; fl.1592–1618)

“Covered Tankard with 16th Century Ornament” (MET title), late 1500s, illustration from Flindt’s pattern books designed for the goldsmith trade. According to Jeffrey Chipps Smith (2014) in “Nuremberg, a Renaissance City, 1500-1618”, two of these books were published in Viennia (1592–93) and the third book was published in Nuremberg in 1594. Based on a faint pencil inscription verso, I believe that this plate is from the Nuremberg edition, “Veel schoene stvcken om te dryven den govdt smeden dienelyck” and, based on a title plate for the series (see, the engraving was published by the Amsterdam publisher, Ahasuerus van Londerseel (aka Assuerus Londerssel) (1572–1635).

Punched stipple engraving on laid paper trimmed with a narrow margin around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 12 x 12.1 cm; (plate) 11.5 x 11.7 cm

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a description of this print:

Condition: a well-printed impression showing no sign of wear to the printing plate in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, abrasions, significant stains or foxing. The sheet has been laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this remarkable stipple engraving inscribed with a goldsmiths’ hand-punch rather than a burin—a Punzenstecher’s (stamp engraver) technique arising from the practice of goldsmiths in the late 1500s to initially score dotted line guides before the formal engraving process and (sometimes) taking impression from the scored dot patterns (termed niello prints)—for the total cost of AU$234 (currently US$180.57/EUR150.20/GBP130.65 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this early pattern design for ornamentation featuring a phoenix, mascaron, ribbons, pierced strapwork and fruit bunches, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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