and circle of Jacques-Nicolas Roëttiers, 1736-1788, French
Design for a Candlestick
between 1770 and 1779
Pen and black ink and watercolor on slightly textured, thick, cream wove paper
Sheet: 12 3/8 × 7 5/8 inches (31.4 × 19.4 cm)
Inscribed on verso in graphite: "AD 654"
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Drawing & Watercolors-Architectural
Prints and Drawings
interior decoration | Rococo | still life | design | candlestick
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This scale drawing for a silver candlestick is one of thirteen designs for Rococo furniture and ornament (B1975.2.56 – B.1975.2.68) from the hand of more than one artist. All were long assumed to be British and to have been made in the mid-eighteenth century but more recently both Tim Knox and Tessa Murdoch identified this drawing as the work of a French designer. In 2015 Paul Micio attributed it to a French ornemaniste of the 1770s working in the circle of Jacques Roëttiers and his son, Jacques-Nicolas Roëttiers.