Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A usually scaled-down version or model of an intended work such as a sculpture or mural.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The first sketch, in wax or clay, from which a work in sculpture is elaborated. Wax maquettes are often employed by painters in arranging compositions.

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  • noun a preliminary model or sketch used in preparation for making a sculpture

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Italian macchietta, sketch, diminutive of macchia, spot, from Latin macula.]

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From French maquette.

Examples

  • This hand-painted cold-cast porcelain maquette of Owlman is based on art from the highly anticipated Warner Home Video made-for-DVD animated original movie, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths!

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  • Maquettes, for example, are models built to help explain an architectural or sculptural commission to people who are no good at understanding arm-waving and verbal explanation: [A maquette] is used to visualize and test shapes and ideas without incurring the cost and effort of producing a full scale product.

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  • Maquettes, for example, are models built to help explain an architectural or sculptural commission to people who are no good at understanding arm-waving and verbal explanation: [A maquette] is used to visualize and test shapes and ideas without incurring the cost and effort of producing a full scale product.

    Getting Small: Toys and Miniatures

  • In addition to Sato's original painting, used as inspiration for the 1969 mosaic, the design team had access to a 31 / 2-foot-diameter glass mosaic "maquette" - or model - of

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  • "We make a scale model, called a maquette, of the piece we want to sculpt, and from that we create our final work."

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  • "We make a scale model, called a maquette, of the piece we want to sculpt, and from that we create our final work."

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  • The sculpting process is the same but the foundation of the character / puppet building process is the maquette, that is the beginning.

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  • Scratch Fury limited-edition resin maquette, which is really neat-looking.

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  • The Europeana 'maquette' was launched in February, showing how might work in a few years time.

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  • The Europeana 'maquette' was launched in February, showing how might work in a few years time.

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  • "A bronze maquette (scale model) of the angel, created by the artist to help envisage the final work, appeared on the BBC's 'Antiques Roadshow' on November 16, 2008. It was given an estimated price of 1 million pounds, the highest valuation ever given to an item on the show."

    - The Sunday Post (Scotland), 11 January 2009, with reference to the Angel Of The North sculpture.

    January 12, 2009