Etching manufactured by J.B. Fay after a drawing by J.L. Prieur, circa 1780. Dimensions 42 x 16 cm. Light damage at the top left (not in the print), light discoloration at the top and bottom, otherwise in excellent condition. Price € 150.
Jean-Louis Prieur was a sculptor of ornaments, a ciseleur, designer, gilder, draftsman and copper engraver. In his capacity as "ciseleur et doreur du Roi", Prieur designed the bronze gilded ornamental fittings for the coronation carriage of Louis XVI. Commissioned by the Polish king Stanislaus II August, he created furniture, vases, clocks and candlesticks for his palace in Warsaw. He was also involved in the decoration of Chartres Cathedral together with the French architect Victor Louis (1731-1800). With his designs of ornaments, Prieur exerted a great influence on the development of neoclassicism. Prieur worked closely with the etcher J.B. Fay. For example, he drew panel decorations that served as inspiration and follow-up painters for decorating interiors. A specimen of this is the beautiful ornament print in the form of a candelabra consisting of grotesques, putti and arabesques intended to be executed as painted panel decoration.