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Design

Design

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of Wartski Limited

  • Museum number:

    E.897:13-1988

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case CUP, shelf 5, box A

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.

Physical description

Design for a fob chain.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash on paper

Dimensions

Height: 22.6 cm, Width: 9 cm

Descriptive line

Design form album of designs by Ouizille, French, eighteenth century.
NOT TO BE ISSUED WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE HEAD OF DESIGNS

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

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).

Production Note

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).

Materials

Ink; Wash; Paper

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Fobs

Categories

Designs; Metalwork

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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