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Design

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1765 (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.897:74-1988

  • Gallery location:

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

Design for an enamelled, diamond-set, and coloured gold chatelaine (ornamental chains, pins, or clasps usually worn at a woman's waist, to which trinkets, keys, purses, or other articles are attached). The chatelaine is shown with an étui, a small ornamental case for carrying personal articles, such as hairpins and toothpicks. In addition, there is a pendant watch with an oval neo-classical element. The design was drawn by an anonymous designer about 1765. This design was possibly drawn for an elite client from the Court of Louis XV, King of France, from 1715 to 1774, at Versailles, Paris. The designs are 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- 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 for an enamelled, diamond-set, and coloured gold chatelaine with etui and pendant watch which is drawn separately and shown to the right side of the main design on an irregularly-shaped piece of paper.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca.1765 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash on paper

Dimensions

Height: 23.1 cm, Width: 18.8 cm across widest part

Descriptive line

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

Materials

Ink; Wash; Paper

Techniques

Handwriting

Subjects depicted

Etuis; Chatelaines; Coloured golds

Categories

Clocks & Watches; Designs; Enamels; Metalwork

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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