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Françoise de la Moureyre

French sculptor and bronze-caster. He came from a family of goldsmiths of Flemish origin who settled in Paris in the early 17th century. Early biographers state that he trained with Michel or François Anguier and at the Académie Royale. He spent six years at the Académie de France in Rome, where he is said to have studied above all the sculpture of Bernini. This was followed by four years in Venice. He applied for admission to the Académie in ...


Carola Wenzel

German family of artists. From the 16th century to the 18th the Drentwett family of Augsburg produced over 30 master gold- and silversmiths who received commissions from monarchs, nobility and the wealthy bourgeoisie of all parts of Europe. Members of the family were active in many fields, including cast and repoussé gold- and silverwork, engraving, enamelling and even wax modelling. The founder of the family’s reputation, ...


Oreste Ferrari

Italian painter and silversmith. He was important to the history of painting in Naples in the transitional period between the 17th and 18th centuries. His elegant art encouraged the movement away from Baroque drama towards a more tender, rocaille style in harmony with the earliest manifestations in Naples of the Arcadian school of poetry and of the Enlightenment. He painted frescoes, altarpieces and allegorical and mythological pictures....


Tadeusz Chrzanowski

Polish family of goldsmiths. Nathaniel Schlaubitz (b Elbląg, 2 March 1662; d Gdańsk, 5 Dec 1726) was apprenticed to Benedykt Clausen and made a freeman of the guild in 1690. After attaining his master’s status and citizenship in Gdańsk, he stayed there for the rest of his life, serving in both the guild and municipal administrations. Of his identified works, including monstrances in Walichnowo and Wielki Garc and a chalice in Lignowo, the most outstanding is a tankard (Gdańsk, N. Mus.), decorated with scenes in high relief of the passing of the Israelites through the Red Sea. He belongs to the generation of Baroque goldsmiths whose work is characterized by dynamic, plastic forms and the use of repoussé work. Of his three sons Benjamin Schlaubitz, Nathaniel Schlaubitz the younger and Jan Gotfryd Schlaubitz, the two eldest died at an early age. ...