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Design

Design

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1760 (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.897:78-1988

  • Gallery location:

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

Design for the upper and chain sections of a chatelaine (ornamental chains, pins, or clasps usually worn at a woman's waist, to which trinkets, keys, purses, or other articles are attached). The design for the matching watch case is E.897:79-1988. The designs were by an anonymous designer drawn in about 1760 possibly for an elite client from the Court of Louis XV, King of France, from 1715 to 1774, at Versailles, Paris. The 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-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 the upper and chain elements of a chatelaine.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca.1760 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash on paper

Dimensions

Height: 5.5 cm, Width: 4.5 cm

Descriptive line

Design from 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

Attribution note: The design for the matching watch case is (79).

Materials

Ink; Wash; Paper

Techniques

Painting; Drawing

Subjects depicted

Chatelaines

Categories

Designs; Metalwork

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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