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date: 30 March 2020

Jean de Cambrai [Rouppi; de Rouppy; Rupy] locked

(fl 1375–6; d 1438).
  • Kim W. Woods

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[Rouppi; de Rouppy; Rupy]

(fl 1375–6; d 1438).

South Netherlandish sculptor. The name de Rouppy suggests that he was born in the village of Roupy, near Saint-Quentin in the region of Cambrai. He is first documented among the stone-carvers working on the spire of Cambrai Cathedral in 1375–6. In 1386–7 he was paid a salary of 15 francs a month by Jean, Duc de Berry, the first indication that he was in the Duc’s service at Bourges, apparently working with the sculptor André Beauneveu. In 1397 he was referred to as the Duc’s ‘varlet de chambre’, and in 1401–2 as the ‘imagier’ of the Duc, presumably succeeding Beauneveu, who had previously held the post and who died in 1401–3. He received presents from Jean de Berry in 1401 and 1413, and the collar of broom-cods (one of the Duc’s emblems) was bestowed on him by the Duc’s nephew, Charles VI, King of France, in 1403.

In 1449 Jean de Cambrai’s heirs were paid 300 livres for the alabaster effigy of the Duc de Berry that he had carved for the ...

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