Etching and engraving
Gift of William Ellery Greene for the Lucy S. Greene Collection 1963.562
Catalogue raisonné: Fonds Français Vol. 3.320.2
This etching is from a set of prints showcasing decorative patterns by Bourdon. The title page for the set explains that the designs are “useful for clockmakers, goldsmiths, chiselers, engravers and other people.” These craftsmen who made ornamented objects sometimes consulted printed designs for inspiration. However, pattern prints similar to Bourdon’s also catered to aristocrats and wealthy professionals who pursued knowledge about artists and current styles.
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