Design for an Oval Frame on Theme of Venus Victorious

Gilles-Marie Oppenordt1690 - 1700

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

Oval frame showing in top center an escutcheon with Venus head and her girdle. Lambrequins hang at the bottom, the central one shows a pair of doves on globe under a star. A pair of torches. At left rises a bough of myrtle. Much of the decoration of the right half is not shown. Inscribed in frame, in graphite, upper left: VICTRIX; upper center: VENUS VICTRIX; in pen and brown ink, top center: Venus Victrix; upper right: a ceinture de Ven(us)/ et ses attributs, at left edge: ...rithe (?); verso: dotted oval.


  • Title: Design for an Oval Frame on Theme of Venus Victorious
  • Creator: Gilles-Marie Oppenord
  • Date Created: 1690 - 1700
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • Medium: Pen and black ink, graphite on paper
  • Provenance: Hippolyte Destailleur (sale Paris, May 19, 1896, no. 469); Léon Decloux, Sèvres, France, acquired by him after 1906.
  • Markings: Watermark: inside oval, "I", Uppercase cursive "J", a fleur de lys, and a "C"
  • Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.6 cm (8 1/2 x 6 1/8 in.)

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