Gems and Counterfeited Gems in Early Modern Antwerp: From Workshops to Collections

  • Marlise Rijks
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This chapter uses the concept “process appreciation” to account for the interest in the manipulation of gems and the production of counterfeited gems in seventeenth-century Antwerp. Early modern Antwerp was an important centre for the trade in gems. Also, it was a city with a powerful economic elite of artists and artisans, many of whom had impressive collections. They played an important role in the shifting status of artisanal making processes in general and the interest in counterfeits in particular. This chapter discusses how gems migrated from the workshop to the collection and how artisanal processes were made visible and knowable in text and image. Process appreciation in Antwerp arose in part as the result of this dialogue between making and collecting.


Antwerp Gemstones Artisans Process appreciation Counterfeits Workshops Collections 


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