19th Century, Piece de Maitrise, Architectural Model Roof Square and Round For Sale
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19th Century, Piece de Maitrise, Architectural Model Roof Square and Round

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Architectural models as these were made by apprentices or master craftsman to apply for a title by their respective guild. In France these craftsmen were known as the 'Compagnons du Devoir'. They would start their careers by travelling around France, sometimes trough Europe, and taking temporary places in workshops throughout the country. Each time they would learn new things and materialize these in ever more complex scale models. Crucial in their training was the understanding of proportion. This science was taken very seriously and based on centuries of transcriptions going back as far as the Egyptians. Carpenters would use this knowledge in their designs and typically make studies of roofmodels in various shapes and sizes. Before they could end their educational travels and settle down in a city they were obliged to finally deliver a masterpiece or Piece de Maitrise. And if approved they got the right to open their own shop. This early 19th century softwood model is quite elaborate and would have been from an advanced student. Because of the geometric lines and golden cut proportions it has a modern abstract feel to it and in the meantime its warm patina shows its history. Dimensions are 27 height x 63 wide cm or 10, 6 high x 24, 8 wide inches.      

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  • Date of Manufacture
    Early 19th Century
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 10.63 in. x W 24.81 in. x D 9.06 in.H 27 cm x W 63 cm x D 23 cm
  • Seller Location
    Vosselaar, BE
  • Reference Number
    LU2023315777342
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