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|French to English translations [Non-PRO]|
|French term or phrase: Jonchon fecit 1693.|
|From a French church bulletin's description of an inscription on a plaque. |
Nous avons été bénites toutes les trois par Maître Jacques Houyvet prêtre, curé de Canteloup, Jonchon fecit 1693.
|Local time: 13:47|
|Jonchon made [this] [in] 1693|
Daniela and Francis have the sense of it, and I'll just expand a bit.
"Fecit" is from the Latin "facio" = "to do/make", the ultimate source of the French "faire," which has both these senses as well.
In an artistic context the phrase usually means that X *made* [built, sculpted, painted, etc.] or, sometimes, "was responsible for" (i.e., paid for) whatever is indicated by the context; and was a standard expression of "signature" from at least medieval --if not Roman-- times.
The most famous example of its use, perhaps, is the tympanum of St. Lazare of Autun, which is "signed" with an inscription "GISLEBERTVS HOC FECIT" ["Gilbert made this"] : http://www.art-roman.net/autun6.jpg.
(The inscription is on the band just below the feet of Christ in the web page below.)
Traditionally, this "Gislebertus" has been considered to be the sculptor of the portal, though that has been questioned in a recent book which argues (unconvincingly, I believe) that G. was a *patron* of the work not an artist --but, that's another question entirely. "Fecit" can mean patronage just as well as actual, hands-on production.
Francis' question about whether or not Jonchon was the "graveur" --i.e., whether or not he made the inscription itself-- is a good one, not possible to answer with certainty without more context.
Generally speaking, an inscription itself would not be "signed" unless it were very fancy (or long) and something of a work of art in and of itself.
(In the Autun inscription, Gilbert probably *did* make it himself, but the "hoc" surely refers to the sculpture, not just the inscription.)
Probably the context and content of the inscription which Aprille has will tell us that it is a building, chapel, sculpted tomb or some such structure which is intended.
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Jonchon made it in 1693
it's Latin. Jonchon is a name, i think.