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Trade Card of Jean Henri Isenheim,

Pewterer, A La Soc d'Estain Fein

Artist or maker:
Unknown
Date:
1700-1730 {nd}
Dated stylistically.
Place of Production:
Strasbourg, France
Medium:
etching and engraving on paper
Type of Object:
etchings
trade cards
Accession number:
3686.1.11.17
One of a set, see others

Commentary

Brief Description

Trade card of Jean Henri (Henry) Isenheim, pewterer (potier d'étain), At the Ploughshare of Fine Pewter. The image is etched and finished with engraving. The design consists of a representation of the shop sign, goods and a text area.

At the bottom of the card, there is a cartouche, which bears the engraved script, composed of a rectangular band shaded with vertical parallel thin lines to form the lower edge; two acanthus leaf C-scrolls that form the sides; and, for the upper edge, a table or plinth top with an ovolo moulding decorated with gadrooning. The surface of this plinth is suggested by hatching.

On top of the table stands an oval cartouche framing a heraldic motif: azure, with a ploughshare, possibly of the guild of fine pewterers, with a star punched through the surface. The cartouche is composed of scrolls and leaf scrolls, and is surmounted by a scallop shell. Two cornucopias flank the cartouche. Their open ends become pewter plates. On the left hand side, a coffee pot lies on its side on the plate; on the right, the plate is supported by other plates. Sprigs of flowers sprout from the start and end of the cornucopias.

Above this motif, pewterers’ goods are lain out clearly. Some show distorted foreshortening, which helps in the display of both the sides and interiors of objects. From upper left corner the objects are, first row: a salt, a candle snuffer stand, a dish; an item of candle paraphernalia; a helmet-shaped ewer and basin for tableware. Second row: a ewer; an ecclesiastical candlestick; a chalice with a paten on top; an ecuelle on an oval serving dish; a candlestick; a sponge box; a sugar caster; a bleeding bowl; below, a salt. Third row: an ink stand on an unusual tureen-like base; a large tureen with handles and a lid, decorated with horizontal lines; a sauce boat. Fourth row: a ladle; below an item of candle lighting paraphernalia; and possibly a syringe. Fifth row: a helmet-shaped ewer; a coffee pot; a tea pot; a warming pan. The objects are plain; there are patterns suggesting gadrooning on the base of two of the ewers only.

Curatorial Commentary

The tureen placed in the centre of the card suggests some awareness of the role of these objects in aristocratic lifestyles: tureens were the centrepieces of grand table arrangements. Several of the objects are close in style to examples from the 1710s and 1720s.

Phillippa Plock, 2008

Physical description

Dimensions (mm):
255 x 188
Physical Details:
single sheet, plate mark size: 244 x 182, image size: 236 x 177
Transcription:
A LA SOC. DESTAIN FEIN / Jean Henry Isenheim Potier d'estain / demeure vis a vis la Cadetral Fait et Vend touttes sortes / de belles Vaisselles destain fein plane Angletterre et Cournu /ailles (Cournuailles) des plus a la mode facon dargent et de Moules / à Chandelle le tout A Juste Prix. A Strasbourg
Translation:
At the Ploughshare of Fine Pewter. Jean Henry Isenheim pewterer lives opposite the Cathedral. Makes and sells all sorts of beautiful vessels in fine pewter in the latest fashion from England and Cornwall, in the style of silver and moulds for candles. All at fair prices. In Strasbourg
Language:
French

History

Provenance:
Owned by Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur (b.1822, d.1893); included in sale of Destailleur's library, Damascène Morgand (b.1840, d.1898), Paris, 13 April 1891, part of lot no. 353, 'Adresses, Lettres de faire-part, Billets de bal, etc. En un vol. in-4, veau marbré, fil., tr. rouge. Très interessant recueil de 123 adresses, lettres de faire-part, billets de bal, des XVIIe, XVIIIe et XIX siècles, par des artistes français et anglais' (price paid for volume: 1,650 FF); acquired by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (b.1839, d.1898); inherited by his sister Alice de Rothschild (b.1847, d.1922); inherited by her great-nephew James de Rothschild (b.1878, d.1957); bequeathed to Waddesdon The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) in 1957.
Part of:
Recueil d'adresses: A collection of sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century French, German, Belgian, Swiss, Dutch, Italian and Spanish trade cards, labels, wrappers, advertisements and related commercial ephemera bound in four volumes. 3686.1-4
Collection:
Waddesdon, The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust)
Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957

Bibliography

Bibliography

Damascène Morgand; b.1840, d.1898; Catalogue des livres rares et precieux composant la Bibliothèque de M. Hippolyte Destailleur; 1891; Paris; p. 91, no. 353
Philippa Glanville, Hilary Young; Elegant Eating: four hundred years of dining in style; London; Victoria and Albert Museum; 2002; p. 12

Related literature

Gérard Mabille; La collection Puiforçat. Donation de Stavros S. Niarchos au department des Objets d'art; Paris; Éditions de la Réunion des musées nationaux; 1994. p. 54 - illustration of similar boîte à éponge, dated 1765-66
Carl Hernmarck; The Art of the European Silversmith 1430 - 1830; 2 vols; London; Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc; 1977. vol. 2, see pp. 168 no. 434, 178 no. 462, 251 no. 675 for comparable examples

http://www.culture.gouv.fr/documentation/palissy/accueil.htm For examples of Jean Henri Isenheim’s work see four examples on the Palissy database including a protestant chalice and paten, dated to the first half of the eighteenth century, this may relate to the chalice displayed on the card (search on Isenheim) [accessed 05 Nov 2008]

Indexed terms

Other details

Location of Premises:
place de la Cathédrale, Strasbourg
(vis-à vis la cathédrale)
Shop Sign:
Soc d'Estain Fein, A La
Trades (Original Language):
potier d'étain/Metalwork activities
Products:
D
ETAIN
VAISSELLES
ÉTAIN
A
CHANDELLE
MOULES
À
PLATS
RONDS
CAFETIERES
CAFETIÈRES
CHANDELIERS
CUILLERES
CUILLÈRES
A
BOITES
BOÎTES
EPONGE
À
ÉPONGE
SALIERES
SALIÈRES
THEIERES
THÉIÈRES
SAUCIERES
SAUCIÈRES
SERINGUES
BASSINOIRES
ECUELLES
ÉCUELLES
BASSINS
CALICES
BUREAU
DE
ENCRIERS
A
PALETTES
SAIGNER
À
PATENES
PATÈNES
LES
MOUCHETTES
PLATEAUX
POUR
OVALES
PLATS
SOUPIERES
SOUPIÈRES
AIGUIERES
AIGUIÈRES
SAUPOUDROIRS