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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.897:16-1988

  • Gallery location:

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

Two designs for a pearl-set watch case by an anonymous designer about 1780. The front is lettered with repeated 'Ls' and the back (or an alternative front) is lettered 'Elle Toujours' which means 'Always She'. Between the watch case designs, stuck to the sheet, is a design for a jewelled locket or brooch. The designs are from an album of designs which date from about 1735-1820 and include snuffboxes, scent holders, watches and watch cases, spoons, fans and fan mounts, small swords, and chatelaines. 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). This design was possibly for an elite client of the Court of Louis XVI, King of France from 1774 until 1791 at Versailles, Paris.

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

Designs (2) for a pearl-set watch case. Between the watch case designs, stuck to the sheet, is a design for a jewelled locket or brooch.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'L'
The lettered 'L' is Repeated on the front.

'Elle Toujours'
Always her
Lettered on the back (or alternative front).

Dimensions

Height: 8.1 cm, Width: 15.3 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).

Materials

Ink; Wash; Paper

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Brooches; Lockets

Categories

Clocks & Watches; Designs; Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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