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French, 18th century, male.

Active in Parisc.1700.

Engraver, designer of ornamental architectural features.

Baptiste Anthéaume made a set of furniture for embroiderers and upholsterers.

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French, 18th century, male.

Active in Parisc.1720.

Engraver, designer of ornamental architectural features.

Bacqueville left a Book of Ornamentations Suitable for Paintings and Furniture.

London (Victoria and Albert Mus.): collection of his designs

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Born 1 November 1749, in Ferrara.

Sculptor (wood), architect.

Son and pupil of Giuseppe Baseggio; studied under his father in Rovigo and subsequently in Rome. His carved frames and furniture were in great demand. He also worked extensively for churches in the region....

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Swiss, 18th century, male.

Active in Couvet (Neuchâtel).

Painter (faience), draughtsman. Portraits, urban views.

Berthoud executed a pen-and-ink drawing of The Watchmaker Abr. Boret-Jaquet in his Workshop, 1773, and a Bird's-Eye View of Neuchâtel, 1769.

Neuchâtel (MAH): Bird's-Eye View of Neuchâtel (1769)

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Giles Waterfield

English painter and art collector of Swiss descent. Born to a family of Swiss watchmakers in London, Bourgeois was apprenticed as a boy to P. J. de Loutherbourg. The latter heavily influenced his art, which was to elevate him to membership of the Royal Academy in ...

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Scottish draughtsman and printmaker. He was the son of a goldsmith and watchmaker, and studied at the Trustees’ Academy, Edinburgh, before moving to Rome in 1769 to join his friend Alexander Runciman. He produced small-scale or miniature works, using pencil, pen and wash. For his Scottish employers, ...

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Swiss, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1760, in Kerns; died 1816.

Sculptor (wood).

Franz Joseph Bucher is best known for his sculpted furniture.

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French, 18th century, male.

Born 17 April 1731, in Aix-en-Provence; died 15 November 1788, in Paris.

Architect, sculptor, draughtsman, designer of ornamental architectural features. Decorative motifs. Furniture.

Gilles Cauvet, sculptor to Monsieur, the king's brother, banished the mannered style from interior decoration, preferring classical simplicity. He was director of the Académie de St-Luc in Paris, and organised the Exhibition of ...

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Gordon Campbell

English engraver, designer of trade cards and furniture designer. In 1746 he published A New Book of Ornaments, and subsequently collaborated with Matthias Lock on a second edition (1752). The New Book contains designs for side-tables, torchères, clocks, frames, pier-glasses and fireplaces, very much in the Rococo idiom but also including such chinoiserie motifs as ho-ho birds and oriental figures. Copland also provided plates for the ...

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Marta Galicki

Swedish architect, administrator, designer and collector. Considered the most technically orientated of 18th-century Swedish architects, he studied mechanics under the engineer Christoffer Polhem (1661–1751) and architecture and drawing with Carl Hårleman and continued his studies in Paris and Rome, while recruiting artisans for work on the Royal Palace, Stockholm. He became ...

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French, 18th century, male.

Active in Lyons at the end of the 18th century.

Draughtsman.

Gabriel Devarenne worked for the royal furniture depository in Lyons.

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Spanish, 18th century, male.

Born c. 1680, in Seville; died 1740.

Sculptor.

A record shows that Bartolomé García de Santiago was involved in a lawsuit, which he lost. The sale of his furniture by the court indicates that he was of modest means and from a declaration dated ...

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French, 18th century, male.

Born 1682; died 6 May 1746.

Cabinet maker.

Gaudreaus was one of the main suppliers to the furniture depository of the French Crown.

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French landscape designer and engineer, active in Germany. He trained under André Le Nôtre at Versailles, from where he was seconded by Louis XIV to serve Maximilian II Emanuel, the exiled Elector of Bavaria, who was then building the château of Saint-Cloud. On being restored to power, Maximilian II Emanuel took Girard back with him to Munich to oversee the landscaping of his estates; Girard was appointed Fountain Engineer and Inspector of Works in ...

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Elizabeth Miller

French engraver, active in England. He was a Huguenot from a family of engravers and watchmakers. By 1681 he had moved to London and was admitted to the Clockmakers Company in 1686, possibly because of work he did for them engraving watchcases. He engraved other silver objects such as salvers and snuff boxes (e.g. a silver-gilt comfit box, ...

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German, 18th century, male.

Active in Heinert (Lower Franconia).

Sculptor.

A simple peasant farmer, Christian Halbig made musical instruments, wooden furniture and altars, all without any preliminary drawings or sketches. The epitaph of a Frau von Zurwesten in the Knights' Chapel in Hassfurt is attributed to him....

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James Yorke

English furniture designer. Though a household name in the context of late 18th-century furniture, he remains a shadowy figure. Lowndes’s London Directory of 1786 records his business at Redcross Street, Cripplegate, London, and after his death the administration was granted to his widow, Alice, on ...

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Barbara Mazza

Italian architect, engineer and landscape designer. He was a prominent Neo-classical architect but was also a noted eclectic, much admired, for example, by Pietro Selvatico, and he introduced the taste for the romantic garden to Italy. He attended courses in architecture and figure drawing at the Accademia Clementina, Bologna (1789–9). This school, which was in the forefront of theatre design and technique, provided a stimulating and enlightened cultural environment; his teachers included ...

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James Yorke

English furniture designer and carver. Nothing is known of his apprenticeship or early work, but he published Twelve Gerandoles in 1755, styling himself ‘Thomas Johnson, Carver, at the Corner of Queen Street, near the Seven Dials, Soho’. Between 1756 and 1757 he issued some 52 sheets of designs for ...

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British, 18th century, male.

Born 1685, in Yorkshire; died 12 April 1748, in London.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman, architect. History painting, portraits, architectural views, designs for furniture.

William Kent came from a poor family. He was apprenticed to a carriage painter but ran away and set himself up as a portrait painter in London around 1704. He made enough friends to gather sufficient funds for a trip to Rome in 1710. There, he became a pupil of Luti and won a second-class medal at the academy. When his money was about to run out, a compatriot guaranteed him a living of 40 pounds sterling for seven years. After a brief return to England, he came back to Rome again....