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Design

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1760-1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copperplate engraving on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of Wartski Limited

  • Museum number:

    E.897:53-1988

  • Gallery location:

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

Two designs for sections from a neo-classical chatelaine (ornamental chains, pins, or clasps usually worn at a woman's waist, to which trinkets, keys, purses, or other articles are attached). These designs were made from copperplate engravings pasted onto one sheet and produced for the private use of goldsmiths. This copperplate engraving could have been used as a base to try out enamel or gold colours. It could also have been shown to potential customers.The design was drawn by an anonymous designer in about 1760-1780 and was possibly made for an elite client from the Court of Louis XV, King of France, from 1715 to 1774, or that of Louis XVI, King of France from 1774 until 1791, at Versailles, Paris.

This design is from an album of designs which date from about 1735-1820 and includes those for snuffboxes, scent holders, watches and watch cases, spoons, fans and fan mounts, small swords, and chatelaines.

There is a close relationship between the contents of the album and known work by three Parisian goldsmiths, Jean Ducrollay (1710-1787), Pierre-Fran├žois 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, printed, (2) for units from a neo-classical chatelaine pasted onto one sheet.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca.1760-1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Copperplate engraving on paper

Dimensions

Height: 5.1 cm, Width: 4.2 cm

Descriptive line

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

Production Note

Attribution note: This design was made from a copperplate engraving and produced for the private use of goldsmiths. This copperplate engraving was used as a base to try out enamel or gold colours. It could also have been shown to potential customers.

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Copper engraving

Subjects depicted

Chatelaines

Categories

Accessories; Designs; Metalwork; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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