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Design

ca. 1760 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Design for a man's fob chain, a small ornament or medallion suspended from a watch sometimes including a short chain as in this design. The fob chain in this drawing carries a watch which is shown without a face. The fob chain and watch were intended to be made in enamelled gold and diamonds. The design is by an anonymous designer and was made in about 1760 and was possibly drawn for an elite client from the Court of Louis XV, King of France, from 1715 to 1774, at Versailles, Paris.

It 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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and ink and wash on paper
Brief Description
Design from album of designs by Ouizille, French, eighteenth century.

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Physical Description
Design for a man's fob chain intended to be made in enamelled gold and diamonds, carrying a watch.
Dimensions
  • Height: 29cm
  • Width: 16.4cm
Credit line
Purchased with the assistance of Wartski Limited
Production
A design for an identical chain, but in blue enamel and with a watch of different design bearing the monogram of Louis XV, was in the D. David-Weill collection (Sotheby's Geneva, 14 Nov. 1984, lot 195). In the same collecion was a watch case design identical to that here, except that it was naturalistically coloured; it was subsequently in the Houthakker Collection (Fuhring 1989, no. 588, attributed to Pierre Moreau). This drawing is by the same hand as the chatelaine designs (67, 220, 247).
Subjects depicted
Summary
Design for a man's fob chain, a small ornament or medallion suspended from a watch sometimes including a short chain as in this design. The fob chain in this drawing carries a watch which is shown without a face. The fob chain and watch were intended to be made in enamelled gold and diamonds. The design is by an anonymous designer and was made in about 1760 and was possibly drawn for an elite client from the Court of Louis XV, King of France, from 1715 to 1774, at Versailles, Paris.



It 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.
Bibliographic References
  • D. David -Weill collection sale Sotheby's, Geneva, Sale Catalogue, 14 November 1984, lot 195.
  • Fuhring, Peter. Design into art: drawings for architecture and ornament: the Lodewijk Houthakker Collection. The Hague: G.Schwartz, ca.1989. 588 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).
Collection
Accession Number
E.897:275-1988

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