The Wallace Collection

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  • Knotting Shuttle
  • This object is currently being catalogued
  • Jean-Joseph Barrière (active between: 1763 - 1793)
  • Paris, France
  • 1772 - 1773
  • Gold and enamel
  • Weight: 53.1 g
    Length: 115 mm
    Width: 36 mm
    Height: 25 mm
  • Hallmark: Paris, 1772 - 1773 For enamel
  • W293
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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  • A varicoloured gold shuttle comprising two plaques with pierced borders, the outer rim bright-cut engraved with a border enclosing swags of green gold, with red gold shells enclosed by green gold foliage. Oval medallions of chased gold depict bagpipes, and a quiver of arrows with a torch, set against an enamelled marbled background. The centre of the top plaque is decorated with an enamel painting of a boy and girl with a birdcage, perhaps derived from a painting by François Boucher, but no exact model has been found. On the bottom plaque, a similar medallion depicts a girl with a dancing dog being watched by two boys.
    As with the other shuttles, the top and bottom can be gently pulled apart to ease the thread wound round the shank.