Friederich Spayer (active circa 1781-1803)
Printed three-heart design with stamped decorations of man and woman in period dress flanking central heart.
Dimensions in Inches
12 3/4 x 16
Dimensions in Centimeters
32 x 41
Watercolor and ink on laid paper
Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered
Print Shop Location
Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Birth and baptismal certificate (Geburts-und-Taufschein)
floral, flowers, tulips, birds, hearts, men, women
Peter Ruth, Anna Margret Schafer, Magtalena, Johannes Harman, Juliana Schafer
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Ursinus College Library Special Collections and the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art
Pennsylvania Folklife Society
Fraktur lettering, German script
This is one of three known examples of this particular piece complete with the figures of the man and woman. The images of the man and woman are particularly delightful. The artist added a sword to the man’s ensemble and in his uplifted hand placed a tiny wineglass, as if he is toasting the woman from across the page. The woman’s outfit of a vivid red-and-blue striped dress with checkered kerchief, green striped apron, and a lively headdress holds a flowering vine in her outstretched hand. In one of the other known examples, in the collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the man is given a wineglass again but no sword. A fourth example also exists where the man on the right was stamped, then the piece was folded in half while the ink was still wet, resulting in a weaker mirror image of the man on the left.
Stopp # 624.2
Boyer, Walter. “The Meaning of Human Figures in Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Art.” Pennsylvania Folklife 11, no. 2 (Fall 1960). p. 14. Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019). p. 76, fig. 3.50. 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, pp. 102-103 illustrated.
fraktur, Pennsylvania German, Pennsylvania Dutch, folk art, illuminated manuscript, taufschein
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