Charming Pencil and Watercolor ‘Chinoiserie’ scene Attributed to Jean Baptiste PILLEMENT. 1728-1808
This charming study depicts a man standing under a dragon topped canopy and giving a speech in the middle of a town.
A man riding into a servant born richly decorated Palanquin seems to be listening, while a servant holds a young boy who gases at the speaker.
The scene is shown in the surrounding of an ‘ideal’ Chinese scenery as imagined in the 1700s.
The scene was first depicted by pencil then painted over with watercolors.
The drawing is surrounded by a geometrically painted décor as if done to show the effects it could have on a palace wall.
This study was attributed Jean Baptiste PILLEMENT and has his name spelled out in the lower part of the artworks.
This piece was acquired at the Vassy Jalenques Maison de Vente in Clermond Ferrand under # 402.
Jean-Baptiste Pillement (24 May 1728 – 26 April 1808) was a painter and designer, known for his exquisite and delicate landscapes, and whose importance lies primarily in the engravings done after his drawings, and their influence in spreading the Rocaille or Rococo style and particularly the taste for Chinoiserie throughout Europe.
Pillement had an unusually cosmopolitan career. He was born and died in Lyon. In 1743, at the age of 15, he moved from Lyon to Paris where he was employed as an apprentice designer at the Gobelin factory. In 1745 he left for Spain, where he remained for 5 years.
There he found employment in various cities as both a designer and painter. A landscape dated 1748 reveals rustic themes he was to repeat often: sun bathed shepherds leading their goats and sheep to a cascading stream, a water mill, rocky elevations covered in lush vegetation, or animals depicted grazing in on hilly mountainsides.. In 1750, at the age of 22, he moved to Lisbon and onwards to London by 1754.
Pillement then spent eight years in England, fully exploiting the English taste for landscapes. In 1763 he traveled to Vienna , then Poland and St Petersburg returning to France in 1768 where later he would work for Marie Antoinette at the Petit Trianon.
He returned to Lyon in 1800 staying there until his death in 1808.
His drawings and paintings can be found in numerous museums among which the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Met in New York, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Art Gallery in Washington DC.
Our piece has the following Measures:
The Frame is 9.44 inches wide and 11.02 inches high
The Watercolour is 5.11 inches wide and 6.69 inches high