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Design

Design

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1770-1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of Wartski Limited

  • Museum number:

    E.897:311-1988

  • Gallery location:

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

Designs, (two on one sheet) for pendent lockets each with the initial 'M' drawn by an anonymous designer in about 1770 to 1780 possibly drawn for an elite client from the Court of Louis XV, King of France, from 1715 to 1774, at Versailles, Paris 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).

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

Designs, (two on one sheet) for pendent lockets with the initial 'M'.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca.1770-1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'[truncated letter] M. S. 2K 1/2 a . ab Sistall'

Dimensions

Height: 6.2 cm, Width: 12.3 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).

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Locket

Categories

Designs; Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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