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Circular decorative frame
Attributed to Gabriel Huquier (1695 - 1772)
After Jacques II de Lajoue (1687-1761)
Pen and ink (Indian), watercolour (brown) on paper
Height: 16.7 cm; Width: 11 cm;
Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952
About this work
The precision and constraint of this drawing indicate a printmaker’s attempt to arrest the style of a painter, or designer, in order to reproduce it in print. In 1740 Huquier etched and published, after Lajoüe, a set of 12 designs for frames encircling architectural capriccios, to which this frame is related, though it corresponds to none of the executed prints. Lajoüe, the son of an architect, was an exponent of the Rococo, which introduced asymmetry into French art. The fully visualized design of this frame reveals subtle asymmetries in the treatment of the right and left sides: acanthus that curls differently, band-work is cut differently, and the crown, sprigs of laurel and branches of coral that appear on one side, are matched by no such extras on the other. Such licenses were not long tolerated. By the 1750s Lajoüe’s novel and imaginative designs were completely discredited.
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