Jan van der Toolne

(fl. c. 1450—1464)

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(fl c. 1450–64). Netherlandish silversmith. His only surviving work is a silver bust of a man (Bruges, Gruuthusemus.), which can be attributed to him from a document of 1463–4 in the accounts of the Bruges Franc, the autonomous countryside around the city of Bruges. A Pieter van der Gote was sentenced by the court of the Franc to have this bust made at his expense, and it was exhibited in the courtroom of the Franc as an example of justice. In 1458 van der Toolne made two silver basins for Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, which the Duke offered as a present for the baptism of his godchild, the son of his adviser Louis de Gruuthuse. In 1459–60 Jan delivered two silver basins to the city government of Bruges, which were presented to Pierre Bladelin, receiver general of the Burgundian court, on the occasion of the consecration of the church in Middelburg, which he had founded. In the same year, van der Toolne also made a silver cup for the city, to be presented to Simon du Carrest, secretary and registrar of the Council of Flanders. In 1460–61, Jan was paid for having repaired some ritual objects from the chapel of the Bruges aldermen. When Guillaume Fillastre made his first official visit to Bruges as the new bishop of the diocese of Tournai in 1461–2, he received a gilt mug, commissioned by the city from van der Toolne.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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