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Design for the back plate of a sconce

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (Drawn)

  • Date:

    about 1710 (Drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red chalk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case CD, shelf 4

Physical description

Design for the back plate of a sconce, of winding foliate elements and strapwork, surmounted by a shell form, containing a hanging basket. Right half of the drawing produced by counterproof

Place of Origin

Germany (Drawn)


about 1710 (Drawn)



Materials and Techniques

Red chalk


Height: 27.1 cm, Width: 15.9 cm

Historical context note

This is one of a series of metalwork drawings [E.948-1969-1991], all sharing the same provenance and may all come from the same workshop, and seem to date to about 1710. One further drawing from this group of 23 is in a private collection in Paris. The majority of the drawings are rendered in red chalk, with the left half usually obtained by counterproof. Other drawings are in pen and brown ink. The annotations in German indicate the weight of the object after it was made, which betrays a craft knowledge and suggests that the drawings come from the workshop of a silversmith. The decorative elements are typical of the early 18th century, deriving from the work of Jean Bérain and German silversmiths.

Descriptive line

Design for the back plate of a sconce, about 1710. Anonymous, German

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Peter Fuhring, Design into Art Drawings for Architecture and Ornament, The Lodewijk Houthakker Collection, 1989, vol. I, pp. 395-399, cat. 629

Subjects depicted

Strapwork; Baskets; Sconces; Shells




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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