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date: 15 October 2019

Evers, Tönnies [Antonius], IIlocked

(b Lübeck, 1550–52; d Lübeck, 1613).
  • Hannelore Hägele

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(b Lübeck, 1550–52; d Lübeck, 1613).

German wood-carver. He trained in the workshop of his father, Tönnies [Antonius] Evers I (d 1584), who belonged to the guild of master builders and joiners in Lübeck from 1556 to 1580, using (from 1559) an escutcheon showing a lily and a boar’s head. From 1567 the younger Evers travelled widely and in 1576 was as far south as Konstanz; his later work showed the influence of his contact with South German craftsmen and with Netherlandish works of art. In 1580 he returned to Lübeck and took over his father’s workshop; a year later his first apprentice, Hans Weydmann, joined him. Tönnies Evers II was an active member of his guild but was brought to trial by fellow members for having defied its rules by employing more journeymen and apprentices on contracted work than was permitted. Although there was animosity towards him within the guild, he was widely accepted by his contemporaries as the leading wood-carver. His surviving works are well documented and bear the lily-and-boar’s head emblem; they include the rood loft (...

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