Miscellaneous works
by Hans HOLBEIN the Younger

Holbein's work for the English court did not stop at portraits; he also produced designs for court dress, necklaces, jewellery, hat-badges and brooches. More than two hundred and fifty designs for craftsmen, particularly goldsmiths, are attributed to him, and he was responsible for much of the plate and weapons in use at Henry's court. His decorative style shows a delight in flowing Renaissance forms of exuberant and sophisticated complexity that contrasts sharply with the direct realism of his portraits.

The most lavish and ornate design for goldsmith's work now surviving is Jane Seymour's Cup, which was ordered by Henry when he married Jane Seymour in 1536. The design has all the grace and stylish refinement that we associate with European mannerism; few other examples of such calibre were to find their way to England.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Design for a Pendant
Pen and ink with watercolour, 37,3 x 14,3 cm
British Museum, London

True Color
101 Kb

Jane Seymour's Cup
c. 1536
Pen, indian ink, and watercolour, 37,6 x 15,5 cm
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

True Color
101 Kb

The initial E in the manuscript of Canones horoptri by Nikolaus Kratzer
c. 1528
Tempera on parchment, 23,8 x 16,8 cm
Bodleian Library, Oxford

True Color
78 Kb

Model of the `Zum Tanz" house (reconstruction)
Kupferstichkabinett, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

81 Kb

Drawing for the Façade Paintings in the Eisengasse (copy)
first half of 16th century
Pen and black and brown ink, washed and watercolour, 57 x 33,8 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

True Color
132 Kb

Summary of paintings by Hans Holbein the Younger
1515-19 | 1519-25 | altarpieces | 1526-28 | 1529-31
1532-35 | Ambassadors | Henry VIII and his family | 1536-43
drawings and woodcuts | miniatures | Miscellaneous works