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Design for a silver prize cup and cover

  • Place of origin:

    England

  • Date:

    1800

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jean-Jacques Boileau, active 1787 and died after 1851 (Maker, Designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and grey and brown ink and grey wash. On wove paper. Laid down on card.

  • Museum number:

    8437:2

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case M, shelf 120

Physical description

Design for a silver cup and cover, Profile, full size 565 x 395. The finial is formed as a pine cone. On the body a frieze of acanthus scrolls. The handles forms as snakes with wings at the bottom and male masks. Central oval panel with canons and standards on the body.

Place of Origin

England

Date

1800

Artist/maker

Jean-Jacques Boileau, active 1787 and died after 1851 (Maker, Designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and grey and brown ink and grey wash. On wove paper. Laid down on card.

Dimensions

Height: 576 mm, Width: 405 mm

Object history note

This design contains decorative elements of classical inspiration that Jean Jacques Boileau often combines in designs for silver.
This and the other drawings by J. J. Boileau and his school were probably in the collection of A. C. Pugin and sold at Mr Wheatley’s rooms,4th June 1843, lot 469, Boileau’s (J.) “Series of drawings appropriated to the gold and silversmiths”, bought by Williams for 3 shillings.
The presence of sketched text in the central medallion indicated that is a presentation cup.
A cup with a similar cover of military theme is marked by Paul Storr 1799 to 1800 retailed by Green and Ward (Sothebys 21 June 1973, lot 188).

Descriptive line

Design for a silver prize cup and cover, by Jean Jacques Boileau (active 1787 and died after 1851) circa 1800

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

Snodin, Connoisseur, J. J. Boileau A Forgotten Designer of Silver, page 124 to 133.
S. Jervis, Penguin Dictionary of Design and Designers, Penguin Books 1984
James Lomax, Antique dealer’s Collectors Guide, January 1988. Fig. 4

Categories

Silver; Silver Designs; Designs; English

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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