Charles-Nicolas Cochin (Paris 1715 - Paris 1790)

Two Angels Flanking the Coat of Arms of France Sold

Black chalk on vellum.
Signed or inscribed cochin fils inv. at the lower left.
97 x 123 mm. (3 7/8 x 4 7/8 in.)


This small drawing on vellum is likely to have been a design for a frontispiece, vignette, title page or some other part of a book illustration. A number of similar drawings of the royal coats of arms are recorded in Charles-Antoine Jombert’s 1770 catalogue of Cochin’s work, such as two examples listed under the date 1739: ‘Petit fleuron pour le titre du livre, les armes du Roi sur un globe, soutenu par deux Anges, & environné de nuages.’ or ‘Le même Fleuron des Arms du Roi, gravé plus en grand par Cochin, pour in-8o: les figures y sont retournées de droite à gauche.’

In the present sheet, Cochin may have been inspired by the very similar composition of his father’s small design for a vignette of c.1720-1740, today in the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor.

Charles-Nicolas COCHIN

Two Angels Flanking the Coat of Arms of France


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