Coat of Arms Berne
Large folded blank sheet of laid paper with watermark Coat of Arms of Berne on a crowned shield, with pendant secondary Coat of Arms below. 17th Century. Like paper used by Rembrandt.
Unfolded sheet size: 495 x 710 mm. Ca. 160 grs. Some sewing holes and small stains in the middle of the sheet. Several sheets available (17)
Ash & Fletcher record two variants of this mark in Rembrandts print of Christ Presented to the People, in use in 1655, as well as other Arms of Berne mark, without the pendant shield, in use in the 1630s. Lindt records an account book of 1640-1649 that one Dutch Merchant was provided with "a sample of every kind of paper in order to inquire down there what the demand might be". Nancy Ash and Shelley Fletcher, Watermarks in Rembrandts Prints, National Gallery of Art, Washington, pages 47-52. J Lindt, Paper Mills of Berne and Their Watermarks: 1465-1859, Paper Publications Society, Amsterdam, Holland, 1964. Not sure what the pendant coat of arms is - perhaps one of the districts of the city of Berne, or a nearby town (The Arms of Berne are not just for the City, but the Canton of Berne). (Comment by Peter Bower)
Click on a picture to enlarge.
In stock: 17