Jan 13, 2006

Book of Fountains: No. 1, Title Page

Book of Fountains: No. 1, Title Page

c. 1736

Gabriel Huquier

(French, 1695–1772)

after François Boucher

(French, 1703–1770)


Gift of Erich Lederer 1953.671

Catalogue raisonné: Fonds Français 18tieme siecle XI.457.576-582



Boucher was one of the most prolific designers of ornament prints. With their aquatic motifs and gracefully curving and scalloped forms, these designs for fantastic, even bizarre fountains perfectly illustrate the whimsical Rococo approach. Derived from the French word for shell, rocaille, the Rococo was a light, playful style filled with shell motifs (which stemmed in part from a vogue for collecting shells), naturalistic curves, scrolls, and plant forms.

See also
PR - Etching
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Gift of Erich Lederer

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