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Rembrandt’s Hands and a Lion’s Paw

A book bracelet of 1400 numbered pages.

2015

 

Thanks to the extensive size of the Rijksmuseum’s collection and the availability of high-resolution images online, we have been able to select 1400 images of hands from 303 of Rembrandt’s drawings and etchings. These hands make up Rembrandt’s Hands and a Lion’s Paw.

 

Our starting point was to use the book binding technique, stringing pages together tightly so that it forms a bracelet to be worn around your wrist. Fascinated by Rembrandt’s drawing skills, we had already examined many of his hands at the exhibition of Jaap Mulders' private collection. With this data, we went to work. The book bracelet is bound with a variation of a cross-stitch known in Dutch as the ‘brocheersteek.’ The gilt-edged pages are sized according to the golden ratio. On the index page, you can find the page number, title and item number for each hand. Have a closer look at these works at the Rijksmuseum’s Rijkstudio  (link).

 

We produce a limited edition of 25 book bracelets. The Book Bracelet comes in a leather covered holder together with a small bound index. This is housed in a custom made wooden box. The 18 karat gold clasp is fashioned by a goldsmith. You can order the book bracelet for €7500 (incl. VAT), delivery time is 6 weeks.

 

 

COLOPHON

WINNER RIJKSSTUDIO AWARD 2015

photo and styling:  frieda mellema | uniquole

4-5

Bedelaar met hoge muts

RP-P-1878-A-1797

(link to etching in Rijksstudio)

694-696

De fluitspeler - Uilenspiegel

RP-P-OB-247

(link to etching in Rijksstudio)

1378-1385

Christus gekruisigd tussen de twee moordenaars: ovale plaat

RP-P-1961-1030

(link to etching in Rijksstudio)

 

The leather is sourced from the scottish firm Hewit and Sons. It is made from vegetable tanned young calf skins and presents a deep black colour and a sophisticated mat finish achieved by the special process of drying the skins on glass.

 

The box is created by assembling pieces of a very hard and dense kind of cardboard, and covering with the black calf. The lining is red suedel.

 

The covers of the bracelet and the index are made from the same kind of dense, hard board as the box. They are lightly chamfered and covered with the black calf leather. The corners are pleated and very slightly rounded. All the box and leather work is done by hand by Ben Elbel from Elbel Libro, workshop for special binding established in Amsterdam.

 

Exhibition Hannemahuis Harlingen, 8 july - 12 november 2015

photo Erik Smits

All works © Duinker & Dochters 2015.

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