OPPENORDT, Gilles-Marie
(b. 1672, Paris, d. 1742, Paris)

Design for a trophy

Red chalk, 340 x 205 mm
Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris

The eighteenth century in France was an extraordinary period for the European decorative arts. It was characterized by an intense craft activity. During the first quarter of the century a penchant for the unusual favoured the Rococo style. The vogue for Rococo was swiftly assimilated by the various crafts following designs by Gilles-Marie Oppenordt and Jacques de Lajou.