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French, 16th century, male.

Active in Metz in 1596.

Sculptor, founder, metal worker.

School of Lorraine.

Working with four founders, Hutinet, Dubois, Sonois and Voitié, François Abel cast the bell of the cathedral of Metz in eastern France.


French, 15th century, male.

Goldsmith. Religious subjects.

Adrien de Tours was paid a sum of 431 pounds and 10 sols in 1492 for the production of a shrine to St Eutrope.


Dutch, 16th century, male.

Active in Amsterdam during the first half of the 16th century.

Engraver, goldsmith.


Emma Packer

(b ?London, c. 1470; d ?London, 1532).

English goldsmith. He was the son of a London goldsmith and was the most successful goldsmith working at the Tudor court; his work bridged the transition between the Gothic and the Renaissance styles. He was an official at the Mint from 1504 to almost the end of his life, his appointment possibly facilitated by his marriage to Elizabeth, granddaughter of Sir Hugh Bryce (d 1496), Court Goldsmith to Henry VIII. In 1524 Amadas became the first working goldsmith to become Master of the Jewel House to Henry VIII, an office he retained until 1532, supplying spangles, wire and ribbons to the court. In the 1520s his orders included a large amount of plate for gifts to foreign ambassadors; he also supplied a number of New Year’s gifts for the court. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey was one of Amadas’ most important clients, and Amadas supplied him with a number of lavish objects. Other clients included ...


Italian, 14th century, male.

Born c. 1290, in Pontedera; died between 26 August 1348 and 19 July 1349, in Orvieto (Umbria).

Sculptor, goldsmith, architect.

As the son of the goldsmith Ugolino Nini, it is likely that Andrea Pisano da Pontedera started by learning his father's trade. However, nothing is known of his early years except that he appears to have joined the studio of Lorenzo Maitani of Orvieto. From ...


Spanish, 14th century, male.

Goldsmith, enameller.

Ramon Andrea worked on the silver retable decorated with enamels in Gerona Cathedral.


French, 16th century, male.

Born c. 1530, in Limoges.


Anthoine painted a large work in about 1572 for the guild of goldsmiths of Limoges. He is perhaps a relative of the goldsmith mentioned in around 1750 as being from Limoges.


Italian, 15th century, male.

Sculptor (?), goldsmith (?).

Gonzati attributes the Miracle of the Miser on the high altar of S Antonio of Padua to Antonio di Giovanni da Siena.



French, 16th century, male.

Born in Paris.

Sculptor, goldsmith.

Apvril was granted citizenship in the town of Valenciennes in 1561.



German, 16th century, male.

Active in Spain.

Born to a family originally from Harff, near Cologne.


While the work of the father, Enrique, is still Gothic in style, that of his son Antonio (born c. 1510 and died probably in Madrid in 1575) is Plateresque, a style mingling Italian Renaissance elements with surviving Moorish and Late Gothic design, as can be seen particularly in the large silver tabernacles he made for the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The grandson (born 1535 and died 1603 in Madrid) made pyxes for the cathedrals of Avilla and Seville. These three members of the Arfe family were renowned for these pyxes or monstrances, which took the form of miniature basilicas made of precious metals. They were designed to contain the Holy Sacrament and exhibit it in processions....