Jean Bérain The Younger Watercolour Design For A Doorway Leading On To A Garden Circa.1700

Jean Bérain The Younger Watercolour Design For A Doorway Leading On To A Garden Circa.1700



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Attr. Jean Bérain the younger (1674-1726) French School late 17th.Century pen ink and watercolour design for a doorway leading on to a garden. Inscribed Berain J. 30 by 21.5 cms. Ex. Joanna Booth Collection.

Bérain was his father's pupil, Jean Bérain the Elder (1640 –1711) both were draughtsmen, designers, painters and engravers of ornament, the main artistic force in the Royal office of the Plaisirs du Roi where all the designs originated for French court spectacle, from fêtes to funerals, and many designs in between. The "Bérainesque" style of light arabesques and playful grotesques was an essential element in the style Régence that led to the French Rococo.

Bérain the younger planned the funeral ceremonies at the death of the Dauphin and afterwards made the designs for the obsequies of Louis XIV. His work is exceedingly difficult to distinguish from his father's, the similarity of style being remarkable.