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Design for a silver centrepiece

  • Place of origin:

    England

  • Date:

    1802

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jean-Jacques Boileau, active 1787 and died after 1851 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and ink and grey and blue washes. On wove paper laid down on card.

  • Museum number:

    8390:23

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

A drawing of a silver centrepiece, glass liners Full size 501 cut x 580. Central bowl supported on terminal female figures and one smaller bowl on arm and one on the other side with a candle holder nozzle all supported by a stand on goat legs supports.

Place of Origin

England

Date

1802

Artist/maker

Jean-Jacques Boileau, active 1787 and died after 1851 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and ink and grey and blue washes. On wove paper laid down on card.

Dimensions

Height: 502 mm, Width: 679 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 drawing shows two options for the arms and for the terminal figures.
The base presents an inscription.

Descriptive line

Design for a silver centrepiece, by Jean Jacques Boileau (active 1787 and died after 1851) c. 1802

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

Subjects depicted

Goat; Dining; Snake

Categories

Silver; Designs; English; Drawings; Silver Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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