de France’s coat of arms fountain by Lajoue, ca. 1750

de France’s coat of arms fountain by Lajoue, ca. 1750

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Project for the château de Choisy

By Jacques de Lajoue, Louis XV period

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de France’s coat of arms fountain by Jacques de Lajoue

Maybe drawn for the Chateau de Choisy (noted on the back)

Louis XV period

H. 1 ft. 3 in. ; W. 1 ft

The sculpture allegory by Jacques de Lajoue, unsigned pen and ink wash drawing. Typical work of the finest “rocaille” period.

We can compare this drawing with a suit of ‘Modèle de buffets’ and the “The Bath of the Sultana”.

Jacques de Lajoue was protected by the Marquise de Pompadour, benefactor of the arts. The ‘Pompadour’, as known, directs the Château de Choisy refurbishment in the middle of the 18th century.

We know an allegorical portrait of the king by Lajoue, painted for the Pompadour.

Jacques de Lajoue (1687 – 1761)

Became a member of the Academy in 1721.  Exhibiting in the Paris from 1738 to 1753.

Influenced by Boucher, he specialized in painting ornaments and architectural subjects. He was one of the most typical of the eighteenth century Rococo painters. He published several collections of landscapes and perspectives, cartridges and ornaments.

Jacques de Lajoue works can be viewed in the Louvre (Paris), the Chateau de Versailles, the Musée Lambinet (Versailles), and museums of Amiens, Avignon, and Darmstadt.