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  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1770-1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of Wartski Limited

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Design showing a figure composition for an oval box top inscribed in pen and ink on the back of the design 'Barbet Noir avec un Collier' which means 'black spaniel with a collar' which refers to the dog on the front. This design was drawn by an anonymous designer in about 1770 to 1790 possibly 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.

This 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).

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

Figure composition for an oval box top.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


ca.1770-1780 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Barbet Noir avec un Collier'
black spaniel with a collar
Written in pan and ink on the back of the design. The inscription refers to the dog in the composition on the front.


Height: 14.2 cm, Width: 21.3 cm

Descriptive line

Design form album of designs by Ouizille, French, eighteenth century.

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).


Pencil; Paper



Subjects depicted

Spaniel (dog); Boxes (containers); Dogs (animals)


Designs; Metalwork


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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