Moresque ornament came to Nuremberg around 1530. It was developed by the engraver Virgil Solis (1514-1562) citizen of that town and spread though his workshop’s pattern books. Similar etched ornament can be found on Nuremberg made silver, such as Wenzel Jamnitzer’s famous ‘Merckel’ table fountain of 1549, now in the Rijksmuseum and from other South German towns, such as a large basin dated 1561 by Abraham Lotter I, of Augsburg made for Margrave Karl II of Baden-Durlach. See: Alain Gruber, L’art décoratif en Europe, Renaissance et Manniérism, Paris, 1993, pp. 312-314; and Exhibition catalogue, Wenzel Jamnitzer und die Nürnberger Goldschmiedekunst 1500-1700, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, 28 June-15 September 1985 p. 368
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