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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    mid 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Marot, Jean, born 1619 - died 1679 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink and wash drawing

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case M, shelf 24

Physical description

Design for an iron gate, with elaborate decoration including scrolling foliage, caducei, dogs, griffins and grotesque faces. At each corner and midway up each side are bosses in the shape of lion's heads.

Place of Origin

France (made)


mid 17th century (made)


Marot, Jean, born 1619 - died 1679 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink and wash drawing


Height: 10.875 in, Width: 8.0625 in

Object history note

This gate was designed for the Château de Maisons (now Château de Maisons-Lafitte). It may be the design for the ironwork and silver gate now in the Louvre, at the entrance to the Galérie d'Apollon.

Descriptive line

Design for iron gate in the Château de Maisons, pen and ink and wash, Jean Marot, France, mid 17th century

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1929, London: Board of Education, 1930.


Paper (fiber product); Ink; Wash



Subjects depicted

Griffins; Scrolling foliage; Dogs; Gates; Caduceus


Drawings; Designs; Architectural fittings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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