La Grotte. [The Grotto.]
AParis chez la veuve de F. Chereau rüe S. Jacques aux deux pilliers d'Or, et chez Huquier vis a vis le grand Chatelet avec privge. du Roy. [n.d., c.1730.]
Etching, design for wood panelling (boiserie). Sheet 405 x 265mm, 16 x 10½". Trimmed to plate.
Ornamental garden architecture with structure at its centre representing a grotto; the whole surrounded by rococo vignettes. Boiseries were popular in seventeenth and eighteenth century French interior design and the Palace of Versailles has many fine examples. The panels were not confined just to the walls of a room but were also used to decorate doors, frames, cupboards and shelves. Often pictures would be set into the boiseries, the carving framing the picture rather like a conventional frame. After Antoine Watteau ( 1684 - 1721), from the 'Recueil Jullienne' series, Plate 29 to 'L'Oeuvre d'Antoine Watteau Peintre du Roy'. Jean de Jullienne (1686 - 1766) was a Parisian collector and patron of the arts who owned some 450 drawings by Watteau, and had them engraved.
[Ref: 19264] £230.00