The Wallace Collection

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Spyglass
  • Spyglass
  • Pierre Robert Dezarot
  • France, or possibly England
  • 1777 - 1778
  • Gold, enamel and glass.
  • Weight: 46.4 g
    Length: 4.2 cm
    Width: 3.1 cm
  • Hallmark: Paris, 1777 - 1778
    Maker's mark: Symbol containing 'P R D'
  • W296
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Commentary
History
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  • Spyglasses of this type were not especially efficient for viewing objects or people at a distance, but were used more as an indication that someone or something was being looked at. In eighteenth-century France such pieces were described as a lorgnette.
    Parisian enamelled gold spyglasses are extremely rare. The marks on this one suggest that it was imported into Paris, and that Pierre-Robert Dezarot merely sent it for assay. Given the style of decoration it was perhaps imported from London, or possibly Hanau. The enamel decoration is not particularly French in style, although it is in the French ‘taste’. The palette of translucent blue and opaque white enamel is certainly found on goldsmiths’ work from London, and the engine turning could be attributable to either London or Hanau.