Documenting North Netherlandish 17th Century Panel Makers’ House Marks

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The need for a quality control of Antwerp oak panels for painters in 1617 became structured with detailed regulations imposing the panel makers to issue each of their panels with the maker’s personal house mark and upon approval by the dean of the panel makers’ he with a hot iron would brand each accepted panel with the Coat of Arms of Antwerp.
This poster shall for the first time present arguments and documentation of a comparable practice of issuing panels with a personal house mark on panels produced in the Northern Netherlands. Especially one panel maker’s mark has been traced a sufficient number of times to propose that this practice was established in Dordrecht. It shall further be argued that this may suggest that these incidents would reflect the practice of a few Flemish immigrants who took their native Antwerp tradition with them to the North.
This poster is a first attempt to present the different North Netherlandish house marks/brands, their design, size, and other characteristics, in chronological order as found on 17th century Netherlandish panels. This information will be presented in conjunction with frequently recorded saw-marks on the back of the panels in conjunction with the active years of the painters who used the recorded panels.
Being able to identify the original marking of a painter’s support is an important documentary source which provides new evidence on the art production in the 17th century in a broader, informative framework. The findings will be of assistance to (art)historians in placing specific paintings in time and context and it shall be argued that an open access database would be of immense importance to a variety of stakeholders interested in the art marked and trade of the 17th century. The first negotiation on this issue is underway with the Dutch Institute for art History (RKD), in The Hague
This paper is part of the research carried out under the recently established multidisciplinary and international research group, STIPS (Studies in Picture Sizes).
StatusUdgivet - 2014