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On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E , Case SB5, Shelf SH6

Design

ca.1760-1780 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Print of a design for a section 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). 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.

The design was made by an anonymous designer in about 1760-1780 and was possibly produced 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. It 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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Copperplate engraving on paper
Brief Description
Design from album of designs by Ouizille, French, eighteenth century.

NOT TO BE ISSUED WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE HEAD OF DESIGNS
Physical Description
Design, printed, for a unit from a neo-classical chatelaine
Dimensions
  • Height: 2.5cm
  • Width: 3cm
Credit line
Purchased with the assistance of Wartski Limited
Subjects depicted
Summary
Print of a design for a section 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). 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.



The design was made by an anonymous designer in about 1760-1780 and was possibly produced 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. It 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.
Bibliographic Reference
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).
Collection
Accession Number
E.897:160-1988

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record createdJune 5, 2006
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