Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Design

Design

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1770-1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and wash on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of Wartski Limited

  • Museum number:

    E.897:217-1988

  • Gallery location:

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

Design for a locket with four alternatives styles of decoration for the border drawn by an anonymous designer in about 1770 to 1780 possibly drawn for an elite, female 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.

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 (ornamental chains, pins, or clasps usually worn at a woman's waist, to which trinkets, keys, purses, or other articles are attached). The binding is 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 (1692-1740).

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 a locket with four alternatives styles of decoration for the border.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca.1770-1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and wash on paper

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 cm, Width: 6.8 cm

Object history note

The design was probably drawn for an elite, female 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 from which date he became King of the French until 1792 after the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 when the King and his family moved from Versailles.

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

Pencil; Paper; Wash

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Lockets

Categories

Designs; Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.