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Cartouche

A cartouche or cartouch is an oval design with a slightly convex surface, typically edged with ornamental scrollwork. It is used to hold a painted or low relief design.
In Early Modern design, since the early 16th century, the cartouche is a scrolling frame device, derived originally from Italian cartoccia. Such cartouches are characteristically stretched, pierced and scrolling (illustration, left). Another cartouche figures prominently in the title page of Giorgio Vasari's Lives, framing a minor vignette with a device of pierced and scrolling papery cartoccia.
Cartouche: Perseus bevrijdt  Andromeda
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Cartouche from BL Royal 14 C III, f. 138

Text page with a large cartouche in the form of a candelabra bearing an inscription 'Huc usq[ue] / historiam / scribit Eusebi/us Pamphili Mar/tyris / contuberna/lis cui nos / ista subie/cimus'. Image taken from... more

Cartouche from BL Add 33733, f. 7v

A cartouche of floral motifs and architectonic decoration, containing a versified caption relating to the miniature of f. 8. Image taken from f. 7v of The Triumphs of Charles V (index L'Aguila Triumphante de Ca... more

Cartouche from BL Add 33733, f. 6v

A cartouche of masks, shells, gemstones, grotesques, architectonic decoration and all'antica elements, containing a versified caption relating to the miniature of f. 7. Image taken from f. 6v of The Triumphs of... more

Cartouche from BL Add 33733, f. 5v

A cartouche of masks, shells, gemstones, grotesques, architectonic decoration and all'antica elements, containing a versified caption relating to the miniature of f. 6. Image taken from f. 5v of The Triumphs of... more

Cartouche from BL Add 33733, f. 4v

A cartouche of masks, shells, gemstones, grotesques, architectonic decoration and all'antica elements, containing a versified caption related to the miniature of f. 5. Image taken from f. 4v of The Triumphs of ... more

Cartouche from BL Add 33733, f. 17v

A cartouche of architectonic decoration. Image taken from f. 17v of The Triumphs of Charles V (index L'Aguila Triumphante de Carlos Quinto). Written in Spanish.

Cartouche from BL Add 33733, f. 9v

A cartouche of gemstones, grotesques and architectonic decoration, containing a versified caption relating to the miniature of f. 10. Image taken from f. 9v of The Triumphs of Charles V (index L'Aguila Triumpha... more

Cartouche from BL Add 33733, f. 13v

A cartouche of masks, shells, gemstones, grotesques, architectonic decoration and all'antica elements, containing a versified caption relating to the miniature of f. 14. Image taken from f. 13v of The Triumphs ... more

Cartouche from BL Add 33733, f. 12v

A cartouche of architectonic decoration, containing a versified caption relating to the miniature of f. 13. Image taken from f. 12v of The Triumphs of Charles V (index L'Aguila Triumphante de Carlos Quinto). Wr... more

Cartouche from BL Add 33733, f. 16v

A cartouche of masks, shells, gemstones, grotesques, architectonic decoration and all'antica elements, containing a versified caption relating to the miniature of f. 17. Image taken from f. 16v of The Triumphs ... more

Cartouche from BL Add 33733, f. 8v

A cartouche of gemstones, flowers and architectonic decoration, containing a versified caption relating to the miniature of f. 9. Image taken from f. 8v of The Triumphs of Charles V (index L'Aguila Triumphante ... more

Cartouche from BL Add 33733, f. 15v

A cartouche of masks, shells, gemstones, grotesques, architectonic decoration and all'antica elements, containing a versified caption relating to the miniature of f. 16. Image taken from f. 15v of The Triumphs ... more

Cartouche from BL Add 33733, f. 10v

A cartouche of shells and architectonic decoration, containing a versified caption relating to the miniature of f. 11. Image taken from f. 10v of The Triumphs of Charles V (index L'Aguila Triumphante de Carlos ... more

Cartouche from BL Add 33733, f. 11v

A cartouche of floral motifs and architectonic decoration, containing a versified caption relating to the miniature of f. 12. Image taken from f. 11v of The Triumphs of Charles V (index L'Aguila Triumphante de ... more