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Scrivener

Conrad Otto (circa 1766-1857)

Decorator

Henrich Otto (circa 1733-99)

Accession Number

PAG1998.156

Creation Date

1787

Description

Plate 13. Printed Taufschein with floral-and-bird borders at sides, free-drawn urn with vines and flowers at top, undulating brown ground at bottom with floral-and-vine motifs and winged angel head.

Dimensions in Inches

12 1/2 x 15 3/4

Materials

Watercolor and Ink on laid Paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand lettered

Associated Places

Heidelberg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Motifs

floral, birds, flowers, tulips, angels

Associated Names

Christian Bauman, Henrich Scheffer, Eva, Catharina, Wilhelm Hendel, Alexander Schefer

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

The pink color used in this piece for accents as well as the bottom heart and urn at the top is very unusual. The detail of the angel’s face and hair at the bottom exemplifies the fine pen work of which Otto was capable. The wavy ground drawn at the bottom appears on other pieces by Otto. The scrivener for this piece is unknown, but employed a distinctive X design with dots to fill in empty spaces.

Condition

Good

Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #244

Published

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. 2:142-143. Shoemaker, Alfred L. Check List of Pennsylvania Dutch Printed Taufscheins. Lancaster, Pa.: Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center, 1952. 20.

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