Design: fancy ewer
Nowadays, craftsmen will photograph their works be they in silver, ceramic or some type of stone in order to show potential customers what they can do. In the 18th century, this type of drawing served to show the potential customer that the artist knew what the most fashionable trends were, and that he could translate them into a festive utilitarian piece.
Works that fall into category 2 are often meant to stand alone without being intended as a temporary, or sketchy study for a painting to be developed later. It is meant to stand on its own merit as a work of art. Pencil drawings were rarely considered finished works of art before the 20th century.
Artform: PAINTING AND DRAWING, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Delafosse, Jean
Artist Dates: 1734-1789
Period: 18th century
Medium: ink and gray ink wash on paper
Size: 23x15 cm
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