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Design

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    mid eighteenth century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bought with the assistance of contributions from Wartski Limited.

  • Museum number:

    E.897:106-1988

  • Gallery location:

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

Design depicting ornamental representations of gardening tools of the mid eighteenth century by an anonymous designer drawn in the 1750s from an album of designs which date from about 1735-1820 and includes those for snuff boxes, 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.

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 depicting an ornamental representation of gardening tools on a small piece of paper mounted with designs 103, 104, and 106 on a rectangular piece of paper stuck into the album.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

mid eighteenth century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and watercolour on paper

Dimensions

Height: 4.1 cm, Width: 5.4 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; Watercolour; Paper

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Gardening tools

Categories

Designs; Gardens & Gardening

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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