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Design

ca. 1780 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Design for a fob chain, a small ornament or medallion suspended from a watch, sometimes including a short chain as in this design. It is by an anonymous designer and was made in about 1780, possibly for an elite client of the Court of Louis XVI, King of France from 1774 until 1791, at Versailles, Paris. It is from an album of designs which dates from about 1735-1820 and includes snuffboxes, scent holders, watches and watch cases, spoons, fans and fan mounts, small swords, and chatelaines (ornamental chains, pins, or clasps usually worn at a woman's waist, to which trinkets, keys, purses, or other articles are attached). The album is bound in red morocco and the boards are stamped in gilt with the arms, now partly erased, of a member of the Bourbon family, probably Louis-Henri, Prince of Condé (1692-1740).

There is a close relationship between the contents of the album and known work by three Parisian goldsmiths, Jean Ducrollay (1710-1787), Pierre- François Drais (active 1761-1788), and Charles Ouizille (1744-1830) whose names appear on the first page of the album. This suggests that all the designs emanate from their workshops. Drais worked for the Court at Versailles as jeweller to both King Louis XV and Louis XVI. Ouizille worked in this capacity for Louis XVI. Most of the material dates from the period 1755-90.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Pen and ink and wash on paper
Brief description
Design form album of designs by Ouizille, French, eighteenth century.

NOT TO BE ISSUED WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE HEAD OF DESIGNS
Physical description
Design for a fob chain.
Dimensions
  • Height: 22.6cm
  • Width: 9cm
Credit line
Purchased with the assistance of Wartski Limited
Production
Design, one of 15 all apparently by the same hand for fob chains (10,12, 274, 285-287, 291, 294-296, 298, 299, 306-307).
Subject depicted
Summary
Design for a fob chain, a small ornament or medallion suspended from a watch, sometimes including a short chain as in this design. It is by an anonymous designer and was made in about 1780, possibly for an elite client of the Court of Louis XVI, King of France from 1774 until 1791, at Versailles, Paris. It is from an album of designs which dates from about 1735-1820 and includes snuffboxes, scent holders, watches and watch cases, spoons, fans and fan mounts, small swords, and chatelaines (ornamental chains, pins, or clasps usually worn at a woman's waist, to which trinkets, keys, purses, or other articles are attached). The album is bound in red morocco and the boards are stamped in gilt with the arms, now partly erased, of a member of the Bourbon family, probably Louis-Henri, Prince of Condé (1692-1740).



There is a close relationship between the contents of the album and known work by three Parisian goldsmiths, Jean Ducrollay (1710-1787), Pierre- François Drais (active 1761-1788), and Charles Ouizille (1744-1830) whose names appear on the first page of the album. This suggests that all the designs emanate from their workshops. Drais worked for the Court at Versailles as jeweller to both King Louis XV and Louis XVI. Ouizille worked in this capacity for Louis XVI. Most of the material dates from the period 1755-90.
Bibliographic reference
Heike Zech, 'Designs for Gold Boxes in the Album of the Workshop of Jean Ducrollay and his Successors', in Going for Gold: craftsmanship and collecting of gold boxes, ed. Tessa Murdoch and Heike Zech (Sussex academic press, 2014).
Collection
Accession number
E.897:13-1988

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Record createdMay 31, 2006
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