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Scrivener

Andreas Victor Kessler (active circa 1791-1821)

Decorator

Friederich Krebs (1749-1815)

Accession Number

PAG1998.159

Creation Date

1789

Description

Plate 8. Printed Taufscheinwith floral-and-bird borders on sides, free-drawn floral or grape motifs at top.

Dimensions in Inches

12 11/16 x 16

Materials

Watercolor and ink on laid paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand lettered

Print Shop Location

Ephrata Cloister, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

Bern Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania

Motifs

floral, flowers, grapes, birds

Associated Names

Johannes Geschwind, Mari Elisabeth Bosler, Maria Christina, Maira Elisabe, Peter Wax, Christina Wax

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 language

Comment

The printed components of this piece are very similar to 1998.158, produced by Ephrata the same year. With the deletion of the textile border at the top, the artist was left with a large open spot to decorate by hand. Krebs added a pale green and yellow flower or grape design with red dots. Krebs also made a mistake in filling this piece out, putting the mother’s name Maria Elisabeth instead of the child’s name, Maria Christina, at the bottom. He also wrote the name of township in place of the county, realized his mistake, and followed it by the name of the county.

Condition

Good

Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #247.3, 2:158

Published

Shoemaker, Alfred L. Check List of Pennsylvania Dutch Printed Taufscheins. Lancaster, Pa.: Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center, 1952. 30. Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019), pp. 43-114. Stopp, Klaus. The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans. 6 vols. Mainz, Germany, and East Berlin, Pa.: privately published, 1997–99. Earnest, Russell D., Corinne P. Earnest, and Patricia Earnest Suter. God Bless This House: The Printed House Blessings (Haus-Segen) of the Pennsylvania Germans, 1780–1921. Clayton, Del.: R. D. Earnest Associates, 2015.

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