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The craftsman
Vol. V, No. 4 (January 1904)

Schopfer, Jean
[The silversmith's art: the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries],   pp. [336]-357 PDF (6.4 MB)


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SILVERSMITH'S ART
oak-leaves which was so extensively used in
this style, often occurring in the furniture
of the same epoch. The candlestick of the
Regency retains the shells which compose a
decorative motif greatly honored in the time
of Louis XIV.
   We illustrate other candlesticks of the
same century (Plate XVII.), preserved at
Troyes, which are fine examples of the Louis
XVI. style; also another candlestick of the
period of the Regency, together with a milk
jug, which leads us to the rococo style.
   There is scarcely need to comment; for
works brought thus together are themselves
eloquent. At the side of the heavy dignity
of the Regency candlestick we note the
somewhat careless grace of the rococo milk-
jug, with its weak, contorted lines, its ab-
sence of symmetrical composition and the
floral decoration which invades its surface,
as if by chance; its lack of strength also in
design, and the unexpected entrance of cer-
  Plate XVIII. b. Milk-jug leading to Rococo style
tain  inexplicable decorative motifs.  All
these characteristics compose the rococo
style, which was set in fashion in France
Plate XIX. Service in silver-gilt executed by Cousinet, in 1729, for Queen
Marie Leczinska
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