Description & Technical information

Red chalk, with framing lines in red chalk.
Laid down.

This drawing for an arabesque decoration is a study for the first plate in Cauvet’s 'Recueil d’ornemens à l’usage des jeunes artistes qui se destinent à la decoration des bâtiments', published in Paris in 1777 and intended to serve as a compendium of models for young artists studying interior decoration. Cauvet published the Receuil d’ornemens himself, adding new plates to the series over the years. His drawings for the Receuil were engraved for the book by a team of printmakers, chief among them the artist’s sister-in-law, Françoise-Charlotte Liottier.
The present sheet was engraved by Simon Charles Miger for the Receuil.
 

Date:  1777
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Red chalk
Dimensions: 47.3 x 18.7 cm (18⁵/₈ x 7³/₈ inches)
Provenance: Martine-Marie-Pol de Béhague, Comtesse de Béarn, Paris
Thence by descent until 1995
Sale (‘Ancienne collection de la Comtesse de Béhague’), Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 29 November 1995, lot 105 (sold for 34,365 francs)
Kate de Rothschild, London, in 1996
Private collection.
 
Literature: Gilles Cauvet, Recueil d’ornemens à l’usage des jeunes artistes qui se destinent à la decoration des bâtiments, Paris, 1776, p.1; New York, Brame & Lorenceau, Kate de Rothschild and Didier Aaron, Master Drawings, exhibition catalogue, 1996, unpaginated, no.23; Horace Wood Brock, Martin P. Levy and Clifford S. Ackley, Splendor and Elegance: European Decorative Arts and Drawings from the Horace Wood Brock Collection, exhibition catalogue, Boston, 2009, p.159, no.155, illustrated p.145.
 
Exhibitions: New York, Brame & Lorenceau, Kate de Rothschild and Didier Aaron at Didier Aaron, Inc., Master Drawings, 1996, no.23; Stanford University, Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Classic Taste: Drawings and Decorative Arts from the Collection of Horace Brock, March-May, 2000; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Splendor and Elegance: European Decorative Arts and Drawings from the Horace Wood Brock Collection, 2009, no.154.
 
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints