Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Design for a Mass Card StandMade in Italy, Europe
Workshop of Luigi Valadier, Italian, 1726 - 1785
Pen and brown ink with brush and brown and blue washes, heightened with touches of white opaque watercolor, on beige laid paper
Currently not on view
1998-68-1Purchased with the J. Stogdell Stokes Fund, 1998
LabelThere are few designs for decorative-arts objects in the Museum's Italian drawings collection. This sheet, a design for a Mass card holder for a church altar, is from the workshop of the most important Roman gold- and silversmith of the eighteenth century. Valadier's shop produced a variety of objects for noble and princely patrons, both secular and ecclesiastical, from monumental commissions such as altarpieces to small-scale domestic items such as inkstands, salvers, tableware, and candlesticks.