Vintage Rare Theatre Token c1643


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What my research has revealed about this Estate piece:

A series of cartouches, designed by Lutma in the early 1650s and engraved, printed, and sold by his son Jacob (1630-1654), provide an impression of his art. These are various exercises in the new, imaginative, and macabre artistic idiom, which placed high demands on the artist’s skills. Lutma showcased the extent of his skills in a variety of designs while providing practical solutions for less talented goldsmiths, sculptors, and other artists. 

The prints do not show the latest developments. Versions in silver indicate that Lutma had devised closely related solutions decades earlier. This theatre token serves as an example. The model was created in 1643. A theatre token was used in the same way as a season ticket today: the owner paid a certain amount to the theatre, entitling him to attend all performances on the presentation of the token.

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Johannes Lutma 1584-1669

Born1584, Emden, Germany

Died1669, Amsterdam, Netherlands

ChildrenJohannes Lutma

 Johannes Lutma (1584-1669), a native of Emden in Germany, worked as both silversmith and goldsmith. He was living in Paris around 1615 and settled in Amsterdam in 1621, where he married two years later. There he met and befriended Rembrandt, who made an etching of his portrait.

Johannes Lutma - Artists - Rijksstudio - Rijksmuseum

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Janus, or Johannes Lutma the elder was a well-known Dutch silversmith