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Trade Card of Nicolas and Louis Collet, Ribbon Merchants, Aux Armes d'Angleterre

Artist or maker:
Unknown
Date:
1668 {printed date}
Place of Production:
Paris, France
Medium:
etching and engraving on paper
Type of Object:
etchings
trade cards
Accession number:
3686.1.29.49
One of a set, see others

Commentary

Brief Description

Trade card of Nicolas and Louis Collet, merchants (marchands) of ribbons and trimmings, At the Arms of England, dated 1668. The image is etched with extensive engraving, the text is engraved. The design consists of a representation of the shop sign incorporating a depiction of goods and a text area.

The lower third of the card is occupied by the text area. This area is bordered by a rectangular frame composed of flowers, leaves and berries. The upper two-thirds of the card are occupied by a large representation of the shop sign. A tapestry with a border composed of C-scrolls, with rosettes attached at the upper corners, provides the backdrop for the presentation of the heraldic motif. The upper border of the tapestry contains the textual name of the shop sign.

In front of the tapestry, a large shield rests on a stand set on the steps of a plinth. The lowest step bears the motto 'Dieu est mon droit'. The shield shows the quartered arms of the union of England and Scotland in the form used by James I (VI) King of Scotland 1567, King of England 1603 (b. 1566-d. 1625) and until the Union under Queen Anne (1707).

The shield is encircled by a garter loosely knotted at the base. This bears the motto 'Honi soit il qui mal y panse'. The garter is surmounted by a helmet seen face-on with an open visor. The helmet is surmounted by a crown decorated with fleurs-de-lis and a mond (cross and globe) finial, which is, in turn, surmounted by a lion crowned guardant. Generous mantling of curling acanthus leaves surrounds the helmet. From this mantling protrude two flags: in the upper right, the saltire of St. Andrew and Scotland, on the left, the cross of St. George and England. Two heraldic beasts support the girdle: to the right a unicorn rampant gorged; to the left a lion rampant guardant crowned.

Physical description

Dimensions (mm):
238 x 157
Physical Details:
single sheet, image size: 234 x 152 (sheet trimmed to or within plate mark)
Signature & Date
dated in the plate, lower right, 1668
Transcription:
AUX ARMES D'ANGLETERRE / HONI SOIT IL QUI MAL Y PENSE / DIEU EST MON DROIT. NICHOLAS ET LOUIS COLLET Marchands demeurans vis a vis l'Orloge du / Palais aux Armes d'Angleterre Vendent toutes sortes de Rubans d'or et d'argent des / plus nouvelles facons Rubans de Satin & Taffetas de toutes couleurs & vray Pon-ceau (Ponceau) d'Angleterre Comme aussi Bas de soye a l'esguille & au mestier de la bon /ne (bonne) fabricque, Canons de soye & Bas delaine tres fins d'Angleterre Bas & Canons de Mil /lan (Milan) & de Dourdan grand Canons à la mode & Jarretieres de Moir, Taby & Taffetas / unis et a dentelles, Noeuds de moustaches, Garnitures toutes faites de toutes sortes de Rubans tant pour hommes que pour femmes, Esguilettes de ferrandine & taf /fetas (taffetas) & tresse de Soye, Jarretieres en roze, Cordons & Rubans de crespes & crespon, Camisol /les, (camisolles), Pantallons & Canessons de vray Chamois, grands Bas à botter deratine craizay / & serge de Londre Manchons pour hommes et pour femmes, Et plusieurs autres / sortes de Marchandises des plus à la mode, & à juste prix. A PARIS. 1668
Translation:
At the Arms of England. Shame to him who evil thinks, God and my right. Nicholas and Louis Collet merchants living opposite the Clock tower of the Palace at the Arms of England, sell all sorts of gold and silver ribbons in the latest styles. Satin and taffeta ribbons in all colours and real English poppy-red. Also silk stockings made by needle and loom by the best makers. Silk ruffles and very fine woollen hose from England, stockings and ruffles from Milan and Dourdan, large fashionable ruffles and garters of moiré silk, tabby and taffetas of one colour and in lace. Knots of hair, ready-made ornaments, and all sorts of ribbons for men as well as women. Lightweight dress fabric with silk warp and wool, cotton or hair weft, and taffetas and plaited silk. Pink garters, cords and ribbons of crepe and crespon ribbons. Camisoles, pantaloons, and underpants of real chamois leather, thick boot hose stockings of ratteen, material and serge from London. Muffs for men and women and all sorts of other most fashionable goods, at fair prices. Paris. 1668
Language:
French
Latin

History

Provenance:
Acquired by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (b.1839, d.1898) before 1897; inherited by his sister Alice de Rothschild (b.1847, d.1922); inherited by her great-nephew James de Rothschild (b.1878, d.1957); bequeathed to Waddesdon The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) in 1957.
Part of:
Recueil d'adresses: A collection of sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century French, German, Belgian, Swiss, Dutch, Italian and Spanish trade cards, labels, wrappers, advertisements and related commercial ephemera bound in four volumes. 3686.1-4
Collection:
Waddesdon, The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust)
Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957

Indexed terms

Other details

Location of Premises:
Ile de la Cité, Paris
(vis-à-vis l’horloge du Palais)
Shop Sign:
Armes d'Angleterre, aux
Trades (Original Language):
marchand de rubans/Textile activities
Products:
D
OR
RUBANS
ARGENT
D
RUBANS
DE
RUBANS
SATIN
DE
RUBANS
TAFFETA
ANGLETERRE
D
PONCEAU
BAS
DE
SOIE
CANONS
DE
SOIE
ANGLETERRE
BAS
D
DE
LAINE
BAS
DE
MILAN
CANONS
DE
MILAN
A
CANONS
LA
MODE
À
DE
JARRETIERES
JARRETIÈRES
MOIR
TABY
TAFFETAS
DE
MOUSTACHES
NOEUDS
GARNITURES
HOMMES
POUR
RUBANS
DE
ESGUILETTES
FERRANDINE
TAFFETAS
DE
SOIE
TRESSES
EN
JARRETIERES
ROSE

CREPES
CRÊPES
DE
RUBANS
CAMISOLLES
PANTALONS
CANESSONS
CHAMOIS
DE
VRAI
A
BAS
BOTTER
DE
RATINE
À
CRAIZAY
DE
LONDRES
DE
LONDRES
SERGE
HOMMES
MANCHONS
POUR
FEMMES
MANCHONS
POUR
FEMMES
POUR
RUBANS
CANONS
DE
DOURDON
CRESPON
DE
RUBANS