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Bound Volume, Recueil des Ouvrages en Serrurerie...sur la place Royale de Nancy (A Collection of Locksmith's Designs for the Royal Palace of Nancy), ca. 1763

This is a Bound Volume. It was designed by Jean Lamour. It is dated ca. 1763 and we acquired it in 1921. Its medium is etching on heavy cream laid paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

An elaborate frame surrounds the title and the dedication page of an ornamental publication by Jean Lamour (1698-1771), a French ironmonger, blacksmith and master metalworker native to Nancy. This etching is the frontispiece for Recueil des ouvrages en serrurerie (1767), dedicated to Stanislav I Leszczyński, the King of Poland (reg 1704–9), and the Duke of Lorrain and Bar. The design displays a gate topped by flower-filled urns with Stanislav’s coat of arms at the apex of the arch. Mounted on the columns are trophies of war composed of Roman cuirasses, spears, and classical helmets. Below is an allegory of drawing and design as a putto holds up a drawing featuring a scrolling ornament in the style of Lamour while another putti sketches after it. Jean Lamour is known for his wrought-iron gates and railings for Place Stanislas and Hôtel de Ville (city hall) in Nancy. Lamour reveled in the high rococo style, which was characterized by c- and s- curves, sinuous forms inspired by nature, and a profusion of escutcheons. His Recueil was an album of engravings featuring metalwork designs he had made for Stanislav. Such ornamental pattern books were marketed toward fellow artisans and helped the evolution and the dissemination of rococo style across the provinces of France and the European continent.

This object was donated by Advisory Council. It is credited Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council.

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Its dimensions are

24.9 x 19.1 cm (9 13/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

It is inscribed

Composé et executé par Jean Lamour et gravé par Collin, Nicole pere(l) Nicole fils (2), a Nancy chez l'Auteur, a Paris chez Francois. (Bernard pexit - dedication; Girardet del. - headpiece of text.)

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Bound Volume, Recueil des Ouvrages en Serrurerie...sur la place Royale de Nancy (A Collection of Locksmith's Designs for the Royal Palace of Nancy), ca. 1763; Designed by Jean Lamour ; France; etching on heavy cream laid paper; 24.9 x 19.1 cm (9 13/16 x 7 1/2 in.); Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council; 1921-6-210

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