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Ottoman Turkish goldsmith. As one of the craftsmen attached to the Ottoman court, he produced a number of elaborate pieces that are either signed by him or can be attributed to him on stylistic grounds. The latter group includes the crown presented by Sultan Ahmed I to his vassal ...

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Born 1589, in Sarzana (Liguria); died 14 October 1669, in Genoa.

Painter, fresco artist. Religious subjects, portraits.

Domenico Fiasella was a goldsmith's son who, under the direction of his father, took up drawing at an early age. Before leaving for Genoa, Fiasella experimented with painting, making several copies of an Andrea del Sarto composition housed in the church in his home town of Sarzana. He went on to live and work in Rome for a period of ten years or so before returning to Genoa, where the Lomellini family commissioned him to decorate their palazzo and, subsequently, the vaults of their chapel of the Annunziata. He produced numerous paintings for churches in Genoa, among them a ...

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Dutch, 16th – 17th century, male.

Born 15 May 1565, in Utrecht; died 15 May 1621, in Amsterdam.

Painter, sculptor, medallist, architect. Religious subjects, portraits. Monuments, funerary monuments, busts.

Amsterdam School.

Hendrik de Keyser the Elder was taught by the sculptor C. Bloemaert in Dordrecht, and the painter Abr. Bloemaert. He was awarded the freedom of the city of Amsterdam on 24 October 1591, and was an architect to the town in 1594. He married on 6 August 1591, and had four sons and two daughters. Three of his sons - Pieter, Thomas and Willem - became artists. He taught Hans Stenwinckel. His architectural masterpiece was the tomb of William of Orange in the church in Delft. His sculptures include ...

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Dutch, 17th century, male.

Born c. 1647, in Antwerp; died 1692, in London.

Painter, miniaturist, goldsmith. Religious subjects, portraits.

Willem de Keyser II painted enamels, miniatures and pictures for the churches of Antwerp and later those of Dunkirk. He went to England where he became a favourite of James II. His daughter was also a miniaturist. Willem de Keyser lived a very unsettled existence; as a result of his success at the English court he decided to abandon his work as a goldsmith in Antwerp and to bring his family to England; however, the fall of James II deprived him of the majority of his patrons. He began to research into the transmutation of metals and lost everything he owned. It is thought that this calamity played a part in his early demise....

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French, 17th century, male.

Born c. 1625, in Nîmes; died 1690.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman. Religious subjects.

Renaud Levieux was the son of a gold and silversmith and received his artistic education in Italy. He was working in Rome in 1685.

His works include an extremely rare engraving of the ...

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French, 17th century, male.

Active in Besançon.

Born 28 April 1644; died c. 1709.

Engraver, goldsmith.

Claude Loisy was the son of Pierre Loisy II, and engraved portraits, coats-of-arms and religious compositions.

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French, 17th century, male.

Active in Besançon.

Born 21 September 1619; died c. 1670.

Engraver, goldsmith.

Pierre Loisy II was the son of Pierre Loisy I. He engraved ex-libris, portraits, allegorical series and religious motifs, and a Portrait of Rubens by Himself.

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Dutch, 16th – 17th century, male.

Active in Lucerne.

Born 1566, in Rinkenberg; died 6 May 1610, in Liguria.

Engraver (burin).

Martin Martini engraved portraits, religious subjects and views. He was also a surveyor and goldsmith.

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Name given to the 76 specially commissioned devotional paintings given, one each May, from 1630 to 1708 by the goldsmiths’ corporation of Paris to the cathedral of Notre-Dame (none was commissioned in 1683 or 1684). The paintings were approximately 3.50×2.75 m in size and usually drew their subjects from the Acts of the Apostles. The commissions were awarded to established artists or, occasionally, to younger painters, indicating their rising reputation. Until the ‘Mays’ were dispersed during the French Revolution they were hung on the arcades of the choir and nave of the cathedral. A number are untraced, but eight have been returned to the side chapels of Notre-Dame, including works by ...

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Hermann Maué

Danish medallist, die-cutter and wax sculptor of German or Dutch origin. He probably learnt the trade of die-cutting in Copenhagen, where from 1667 onwards he worked for King Frederick III and King Christian V. In 1674 he moved to Stockholm and received a licence to produce medals, among which were several of ...

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Italian, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 1664, in Florence; died 1742.

Sculptor, metal worker. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects. Busts, statues.

Florentine School.

Giuseppe Piamontini was the father and teacher of Giovanni Battista Piamontini. Giuseppe was himself a pupil of G.B. Foggini and Ercole Ferrata. Two of his allegorical statues may be seen in Florence: ...

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Italian, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 12 November 1661, in Nona; died 1725, in Nona.

Sculptor, medallist. Religious subjects.

Piccini was a pupil of P. Rames. He was active in Milan, Bergamo and Nova, producing mainly medals, crucifixes and statuettes.

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French, 17th century, male.

Active in Limoges.

Died 1668.

Medallist. Religious subjects.

Hélie Poncet signed his works either just with his initials or: H. P., with a fleur-de-lis over the H.

Limoges: Ecce Homo; St Leonard Freeing a Captive

Paris (Louvre): ...

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Austrian, 17th century, male.

Active in Salzburg, Austria.

Born 1592; died 1669.

Medallist. Religious subjects.

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German, 16th – 17th century, male.

Born c. 1554, in Rochlitz; died 1619, in Augsburg.

Sculptor, goldsmith. Religious subjects.

Hans was the father of Christian Steinmüller. He executed statues of Christ and the 12 Apostles for the church of St Ulrich in Augsburg.

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Michael Ellul

Maltese family of bronze-founders. Originally from Haute Provence, they arrived in Malta in 1530 with the Order of St John of the Knights Hospitaller. Between 1700 and 1798 the family was responsible for the Order’s foundry in Valletta. The first family member recorded working in Malta was ...

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Michael Ellul

Maltese family of silversmiths, architects and designers. The first recorded family member is Carlo Troisi (fl 1697–1736), followed by Andrea Troisi (fl 1750), Pietro Paolo Troisi (?1700–50) and Massimiliano Troisi (fl 1794). A silver sugar bowl (...

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Born c. 1655, in Naples; died 10 August 1706, in Torre del Greco (Naples).

Sculptor, stucco artist, decorative designer, goldsmith. Religious subjects, portraits. Decorative schemes.

Lorenzo Vaccaro was the father of Domenico Antonio Vaccaro, and a precursor of the Neapolitan Baroque, or ...