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Johann Valentin Schuller Jr. (1759-circa 1817)

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Johann Valentin Schuller Jr. (1759-circa 1817)

Accession Number

PAG1998.173

Creation Date

1811

Description

Printed Taufscheine with urns and flowers at sides, decorated in bright red, yellow, and green.

Dimensions in Inches

7 1/2 x 12 1/2

Materials

Watercolor and ink on laid paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand lettered

Print Shop Location

Reading, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

East Hanover Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

Category

Birth and baptismal certificate (Geburts-und-Taufschein)

Motifs

flowers, urns, tulips

Associated Names

Michael Baumgardner, Catharina Scherg, Elisabeth

Rights

Please contact the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College for permissions which fall outside of educational fair use.

Source

Ursinus College Library Special Collections and the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art

Provenance

Pennsylvania Folklife Society

Script/Text

Fraktur lettering, German script

Language

German

Comment

Johann Valentin Schuller Jr. was a scrivener and artist who decorated primarily printed Taufscheine, typically in this half-size, horizontal style. Numerous versions with the urn-and-floral designs at the sides from his hand exist, with the outline either stenciled or stamped on. This Taufschein may have been for a Mennonite family, as the lines for baptism information were neatly crossed out. Schuller sometimes added tulips or birds on vines from the colorful urns, but this flower design was among his most typical and was copied by other artists such as Friedrich Küster.

Condition

Good

Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #615

Published

Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019). p. 83, fig. 3.57. Stopp, Klaus. The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans. 6 vols. (Mainz, Germany, and East Berlin, Pa.: privately published, 1997–99). vol. 4, p. 76. Shoemaker, Alfred L. Check List of Pennsylvania Dutch Printed Taufscheins. (Lancaster, Pa.: Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center, 1952). pg. 48.

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