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Print, Design for Two Knife Handles

This is a Print. It was designed by Francesco Salviati and engraved by Aegidius Sadeler and published by Cherubino Alberti. It is dated 1583 and we acquired it in 1920. Its medium is engraving on off-white laid paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was donated by Advisory Council. It is credited Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council.

Our curators have highlighted 10 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Object ID #18804293
  • cut and honed steel, carved wood, cut sheet brass.
  • The Robert L. Metzenberg Collection, gift of Eleanor L. Metzenberg.
  • 1985-103-49
  • Object ID #18378475
  • engraving and etching on off-white laid paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. A. Murray Young.
  • 1946-33-2

Its dimensions are

Platemark: 25.4 x 11.7 cm (10 x 4 5/8 in.)

It is inscribed

In plate, lower left: cum privilegio summi Pontificus In plate, on left knife: QVI / CA In plate, on right knife: CA / MORS ET VITA IN MANV LINGVAE

Cite this object as

Print, Design for Two Knife Handles; Designed by Francesco Salviati (Italian, 1510 – 1563); Italy; engraving on off-white laid paper; Platemark: 25.4 x 11.7 cm (10 x 4 5/8 in.); Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council; 1921-6-350-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Fragile Beasts and Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.

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