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Cartouche

16th century cartouche designsCreated by: PICRYLDated: 2017
Cartouche: Perseus bevrijdt  Andromeda
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.
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Cartouche from BL King's 156, f. 13v

Cartouche from BL King's 156, f. 13v

Decorated cartouche. Image taken from f. 13v of Giuramento (Commission and oath) of Girolomo (Hieronymus) Zane as Procurator de citra of Saint Mark, Venice. Written in Latin and Italian.

Hercules en Minerva staand aan weerszijden van cartouche met titel, bekroond met wapenschilden, globe en bazuinen

Hercules en Minerva staand aan weerszijden van cartouche met titel, be...

Hercules and Minerva standing on both sides of cartouche with title, crowned with coats of arms, globe and trumpets

[Cartouche showing allegory on America] / G.F. Lotter sculps.

[Cartouche showing allegory on America] / G.F. Lotter sculps.

Title devised by Library staff. Illus. in: Atlas novus sive tabulae geographicae ... / Tobias Conrad Lotter. Augustae Vindelicorum : [1772?], no. 6. Published in: The American Revolution in drawings and prints;... more

[Allegorical cartouche showing America as the land of plenty]

[Allegorical cartouche showing America as the land of plenty]

Title devised by Library staff. Illus. in: De nieuwe groote lichtende zee-fakkel ... / Claes Janszoon Vooght. Amsterdam : G.H. van Keulen, 1782, no. 28. Published in: The American Revolution in drawings and pri... more

[Allegorical cartouche showing West Indians harvesting cane, a Native woman breast feeding an infant, and cherubs]

[Allegorical cartouche showing West Indians harvesting cane, a Native ...

Title devised by Library staff. Illus. in: De nieuwe groote lichtende zee-fakkel ... / Claes Janszoon Vooght. Amsterdam : G.H. van Keulen, 1782, no. 1. Published in: The American Revolution in drawings and prin... more

[Allegorical cartouche showing a Native man with European men]

[Allegorical cartouche showing a Native man with European men]

Title devised by Library staff. Illus. in: De nieuwe groote lichtende zee-fakkel ... / Claes Janszoon Vooght. Amsterdam : G.H. van Keulen, 1782, no. 42. Published in: The American Revolution in drawings and pri... more

[Allegorical cartouche showing a Native man with harpoon and a European man with two Natives in a tropical setting]

[Allegorical cartouche showing a Native man with harpoon and a Europea...

Title devised by Library staff. Illus. in: De nieuwe groote lichtende zee-fakkel ... / Claes Janszoon Vooght. Amsterdam : G.H. van Keulen, 1782, no. 37. Published in: The American Revolution in drawings and pri... more

[Cartouche showing a Native woman, representing America, nursing infants in a tropical setting with scenes of commerce in the background]

[Cartouche showing a Native woman, representing America, nursing infan...

Title devised by Library staff. Illus. in: L'Amérique septentrionale, ou se remarquent les États Unis. / par M. Brion de la Tour, ingénieur-géographe du roi. Paris : Chez Esnauts et Rapilly, 1783. Published in:... more

[Cartouche showing cherubs celebrating the founding of the new nation] / Cornelius Tiebout sculp.

[Cartouche showing cherubs celebrating the founding of the new nation]...

Print shows cherubs unrolling a scroll inscribed "New Map of the States of Georgia South and North Carolina Virginia and Maryland including the Spanish Provinces of West and East Florida from the latest surveys... more

[A Native warrior on the cartouche for "Map for the Interior Travels through America, delineating the March of the Army"] / T. Conder, sculpsit.

[A Native warrior on the cartouche for "Map for the Interior Travels t...

Print shows a Native warrior sitting on the ground with a rifle resting on his right shoulder. Title from item. Illus. in: Travels through the interior parts of America : In a series of letters / Thomas Anburey... more