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Trade Card of Barthelemy, Cutler-in-Ordinary, Au Coeur Coronné

Not on display

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Artist or maker



1700-1720 {nd}

Dated stylistically.

Place of production

  • Paris, France


  • engraving on paper

Type of object

  • engravings
  • trade cards

Accession number


One of a set, see others ▸

Trade card of Barthelemy, cutler-in-ordinary to the King (coutelier ordinaire), At the Crowned Heart. The image and text are both engraved; the capitals in the first line of text are decorated with dashes. The design consists of a frame surrounding the text, the coat of arms of Barthelemy's patron, and a representation of the shop sign.

The frame is of a vertical rectangular shape, with projections at the corners. Four triangular dentils hang from each of the lower corners. Two acanthus S-scrolls flanking a foliate pendant depend from the lower edge of the frame. The frame is composed of an ovolo moulding decorated with a guilloche and fleuron pattern flanked by two fillets shaded with parallel lines.

Fleur-de-lis finials appear on the upper corners of the frame. A U-shaped shield, surrounded by a scroll and acanthus leaf cartouche, is mounted on the frame at upper centre. It bears the arms of the King of France, presumably Louis XIV.

The shield is supported by two crossed palm fronds, their bases entwined with ribbons. A crown decorated with fleurs-de-lis surmounts the shield. Other foliage projects from the ends of the palm fronds. To the left of the shield, there are some flowers; to the right, a pear, apple and plum. A laurel bay leaf garland hangs over the top of the cartouche, drapes down the sides of the cartouche, and is looped through rings attached to the frame at upper left and right.

Mounted on the frame at lower centre, there is a heart surrounded by two crossed laurel branches and surmounted by a crown decorated with fleurs-de-lis.


Curatorial commentary

  • Some cutlers' trade cards are reproduced by Camille Pagé, see Related Documents, I have been unable to check this source.
  • Phillippa Plock, 2008
Physical description

Dimensions (mm) / weight (mg)

155 x 88

Physical details

single sheet, image size: 153 x 86 (sheet trimmed within plate mark)


BARTHELEMY / Coutelier Ordinaire du Roi. / Rue du Monceau St. Gervais, près / le Tourniquet St. Jean en Greve, / AU COEUR COURONNÉ. / Fait et vend de bonnes Lancettes / et Rasoire à l'epreuve; Instruments / concernant la Chirurgie; comme aussi / de bons Couteaux et Ciseaux garnis en / Or et Argent, et autres de toutes façons / des plus à la mode. Fait aussi Ganifs [sic] / et Gratoirs, Vend Pierres et Cuirs / pour repasser les Rasoirs, Et tout ce qui / concerne la Coutellerie en gros et en / détail et au plus juste prix. / A PARIS


Barthelemy, cutler-in-ordinary to the King. Rue du Monceau Saint-Gervais, near the turnstile of Saint-Jean-en-Grève, at the Crowned Heart, Makes and sells good lancets, sharp razors, surgical instruments, and also good knives and scissors decorated in gold and silver, and others in all the most fashionable styles. Also makes penknives and scrapers. Sells stones and leathers to sharpen razors. And everything else relating to cutlery, wholesale and retail and at the lowest prices. In Paris




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


  • Owned by Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur (b.1822, d.1893); included in sale of Destailleur's library, Damascène Morgand (b.1840, d.1898), Paris, 13 April 1891, part of lot no. 352, 'Receuil d’adresses, cartes de visite, billets de bal, brevets militaries, etc. En un vol. in-fol., veau marbré, fil., tr. dor. Recueil très important, comprenant 206 pièces, adresses, billets d’invitation, titres de livres, brevets militaries des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles', (price paid for volume: 2,020 FF); acquired by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (b.1839, d.1898); 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.


  • Waddesdon (National Trust)
  • Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957


  • Damascène Morgand; b.1840, d.1898; Catalogue des livres rares et precieux composant la Bibliothèque de M. Hippolyte Destailleur; 1891; Paris; p. 90, no. 352

Related literature

  • Jacques Hillairet; Dictionnaire historique des rues de Paris; Paris; Éditions de Minuit; 1963. see Location of premises
  • Camille Pagé; La coutellerie depuis l'origine jusqu'à nos jours; 6 vols; Châtellerault; Impr. H. Rivière; 1896-1904
Other details

Location of premises

  • rue du Monceau Saint-Gervais, Paris


  • (près le Tourniquet de Saint-Jean-en-Grève), now part of the place Saint-Gervais, see Hillairet, vol. 2, p. 694, full reference in Related documents.

Shop Sign

  • Coeur Couronné, Au


  • coutelier/Metalwork activities


  • lancettes (lancets)
  • rasoirs à l'épreuve (razors)
  • instruments de chirurgie (surgical instruments)
  • canifs (penknives)
  • gratoirs (scrapers)
  • pierres pour repasser les rasoirs (sharpening stones for razors)
  • coutellerie (cutlery)
  • couteaux (knives)
  • cuirs pour repasser les rasoirs (leather strops for sharpening rasors)

Subject person and role

  • Barthelemy, Advertiser
  • Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre, Patron
  • Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre, Heraldry or Attributes