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Canadian metalworker. He studied at the Petit Seminaire du Québec from 1778 to 1780 and began his apprenticeship c. 1780 in the silversmith’s shop of his elder brother, Jean-Nicolas Amiot (1750–1821); the tradition that he was apprenticed to François Ranvoyzé is unfounded. In ...


Mark Jones

French medallist, engraver and illustrator. He was first apprenticed to the medallist André Lavau (d 1808) and then attended the Académie de Peinture et de Sculpture in Bordeaux. In 1786 he travelled to Paris and entered the workshop of Nicolas-Marie Gatteaux. His first great success was a large, realistic and highly detailed medal representing the ...


Clare Le Corbeiller

French family of gold- and silversmiths. Robert-Joseph Auguste (b 1723; d ?1805) became a master in 1757 after an apprenticeship that included work for Louis XV. His repertoire was unusual in that it embraced both silver tableware and gold objects of vertu; the latter includes four gold boxes made between ...


Polish, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1770, in Dukla; died after 1824, in Warsaw.

Sculptor, medallist.

Karl Barrend studied under Mathhaei Mattersperger, Casanova and Höckner in Dresden. In 1794 he showed several of his wax reliefs at the art exhibition held in the town. In ...


Belgian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 8 September 1768, in Namur; died 10 June 1826.

Architect, sculptor, engraver, metal worker.

Barbier studied first in Belgium before completing his studies in Antwerp at the studio of J. Verbekt. He was appointed sculptor of the king's buildings and lived for a time at the Louvre. His works include medallions of ...


Angela Catello

Italian family of gold- and silversmiths. Vincenzo Belli I (b Turin, 1710; d Rome, 1787) settled in Rome in 1740, where he worked with Roman masters on the altar for the chapel of St John the Baptist in S Roque in Lisbon. The works produced for this altar were the most important set of liturgical furnishings made in Rome during the 18th century (e.g. ewer and basin, ...


Lucia Pirzio Biroli Stefanelli

His numerous works, almost all dispersed, are documented in literary sources. His work, executed with meticulous attention to detail, consists primarily of cameo reproductions of paintings on large size stones. His masterpiece is considered to be the Tent of Darius (1828; Cremona, Mus. Civ.), carved in white Brazilian topaz and based on the painting by Charles Le Brun (Versailles, Château). The former work was commissioned by ...


French, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 5 July 1760, in Carpentras; died after 1812.

Goldsmith, sculptor.

Brother of Jean Pierre Xavier and Jean Joseph Xavier Bidauld. He worked in Toulouse, making sculptures in metal and wood.


Donna Corbin

French cabinetmaker and silversmith. The silver and silver-gilt produced in his workshop rivals that of his contemporaries Henri Auguste and Jean Baptiste Claude Odiot. By 1789 Biennais had established himself at 283, Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris, as a cabinetmaker and tabletier (a dealer in and maker of small objects). After ...


French, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1764; died 1843.

Goldsmith. Objets d'art.

Biennais became the head goldsmith to Napoleon I. His works featured in an exhibition at the Louvre in 2003.

Dion-Tenenbaum, Anne: L'Orfèvre de Napoléon. M.G. Biennais, exhibition catalogue, musée du Louvre, Paris, 2003....