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Design

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of Wartski Limited

  • Museum number:

    E.897:265-1988

  • Gallery location:

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

Design for the side view of a neo-classical cane-head drawn by an anonymous designer in about 1780 possibly for an elite client of the Court of Louis XVI, King of France from 1774 until 1791, at Versailles, Paris. The cane took over from the sword as a decorative accessory and an essential part of an European gentleman's wardrobe.

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).

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 the side view of a neo-classical cane-head.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca.1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'on peut mettre ces dessin / sur une pomme de canne / des nouvelles formes'
One can put this design on the new forms of cane pommels.

Dimensions

Height: 10 cm, Width: 8.1 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

This design is by the same hand as another drawing for a cane-head (268).

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Canes; Cane-heads; Neo-classical

Categories

Accessories; Designs; Metalwork

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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