English family of silversmiths, industrialists, collectors, and patrons, of French origin. The family originated from the town of St Pierre on the Ile d’Oléron off La Rochelle. They arrived in London a few years after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, and between ...
Stephen T. Clarke, Harley Preston and Lin Barton
French family of goldsmiths, bronze founders, sculptors and designers, of Italian descent. Due to the similarity in name, there has been some confusion between father and son and the attribution of their work; they are now generally distinguished as Duplessis père and Duplessis fils. Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis [Giovanni Claudio Chiamberlano] (...
German gem-engraver and medallist. He trained as a goldsmith in Biberach and then learnt seal- and gem-engraving in Berne. In 1730 he travelled to Venice to work as a seal-engraver. In 1732 the antiquary Baron Philipp von Stosch set him to copying ancient carved gems in Florence. To improve his skill, Natter drew after the Antique at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome, developing a style based on Classical models that was to become characteristic of his gem- carving, an example of which is his cornelian bust of ...
French bronze-caster. He entered his apprenticeship at a late stage and became a master bronze-caster and chaser in Paris on 17 January 1745. From 1764 to 1775 he worked with his nephew, Jean-Baptiste Osmond (1742–after 1790). Robert Osmond was one of the most prolific bronzeworkers of his time and was equally successful in both the Louis XV and the Neo-classical styles, although he rejected the extreme forms of both. His works were highly valued by the connoisseurs of his day and were distributed by clockmakers and ...
Harley Preston and Lin Barton
See Courtauld family
South African silversmith of German birth. In 1768 he arrived at Cape Town, where he worked as sword-cutler in the service of the Dutch East India Company until 1778. The following year he started his own business. He was the most accomplished of the Cape silversmiths and the first to introduce the ...