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Frozen fountain

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    France (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1735 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lajoüe, Jacques de (artist)
    Guelard, Jean-Baptiste-Antoine, born 1719 (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:

    29678:3

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 71

This print, entitled Fontaine Glacèe (Frozen Fountain) is from the Livre Nouveau de douze morceaux de fantaisie utiles a divers usages (New book of twelve pieces of fantasy for different purposes). This book, consisting of designs by Jacques de la Joue, shows various compositions in the Rococo style. Ornament designs like this were copied by artisans, who applied the patterns and motifs to furniture, vases, textiles and so on, and were important in spreading the influence of various styles.

Rococo was a style in mainly architecture and decorative art, originating in France in the early 18th century. Scrolls, foliage, animal forms and other types of elaborate decoration characterised rococo, which was influenced by, but lighter than the baroque style.

Physical description

Print, the 'Frozen Fountain' engraving, using rocaille and frozen water motifs.

Place of Origin

France (published)

Date

ca. 1735 (published)

Artist/maker

Lajoüe, Jacques de (artist)
Guelard, Jean-Baptiste-Antoine, born 1719 (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Fontaine Glacée / La Joue Del / Guélard Sculp / avec privilege du Roi'

Dimensions

Height: 36.3 cm, Width: 20.3 cm

Object history note

From the Livre nouveau de douze morceaux de fantaisie utiles à divers usages (new book of twelve pieces of fantasy useful for different purposes). This is one of the earliest printed Morceaux de Fantaisie. In addition to rocaille there is frozen water, another favourite rococo motif.

Descriptive line

Print, 'Frozen Fountain', engraving by Jean Baptiste Guélard after Jacques de La Joue, France, about 1735

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Snodin, Michael (ed.), assisted by Elspeth Moncrieff, Rococo: Art and Design in Hogarth’s England (exh. cat.: The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 16 May – 30 September 1984), 22.

Production Note

From the Livre Nouveau de douze morceaux de fantaisie utiles a divers usages. Published by the artist, G. Huquier and the widow Chereau.

Subjects depicted

Rocaille; Fountains

Categories

Prints; Ornament prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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