17th Century School. Project for Baroque mirror, drawing

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FRENCH SCHOOL, Second Half-17th Century

Project for Baroque mirror

China ink drawing with watercolor heightening

Height: 21 cm (8-1/4 in.) - Length: 14,5 cm (5-3/4 in.).
Re-gilt wood frame with beaded frieze: 32 x 26,5 cm (12-1/2 x 10-1/2 in.).

This drawing evokes Jean Lepautre’s works (1618-1682). These particular engraved plates have divided the project into two symmetrical options: putto holding foliage on left; vines and flower garlands coiled around an acanthus leaves scroll on the right. Both seem to blend into the same object. The role of ornamental-designers was essential, not only for the display of styles assisted by engraving but also by the very creation of these styles with the extraordinary capacity for the artist’s invention. More than meeting specific orders, their engraved plates were mostly gathered in collection sets as suggestions for use by architects, goldsmiths and furniture designers that inspired their creations.

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