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Design

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1770-1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copperplate engraving with pencil additions on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of Wartski Limited

  • Museum number:

    E.897:176-1988

  • Gallery location:

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

Print of a design for a fan mount made by an anonymous designer about 1770-1790. The print is a copperplate engraving made for the private use of goldsmiths. It could serve as an aid to producing further designs by modification in pencil, as indeed this design has been altered in this way, or it could be used as a base to try out enamel or gold colours. It could also be shown to potential customers.

Fans were fashionable, personal accessories carried by women as part of dress. The design could have been shown to an elite female client of 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 include those for snuffboxes, 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).

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

Engraved design for a fan mount.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca.1770-1790 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Copperplate engraving with pencil additions on paper

Dimensions

Height: 26.2 cm, Width: 3.9 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).

Production Note

Attribution note: The print is a copperplate engraving made for the private use of goldsmiths. It could serve as an aid to producing further designs by modification in pencil, or could be used as a base to try out enamel or gold colours. It could also be shown to potential customers.

Materials

Printing ink; Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Engraving; Drawing

Subjects depicted

Fans and fan-mounts

Categories

Accessories; Designs; Personal accessories; Fans

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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