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date: 21 September 2019

Gole [Golle], Pierrelocked

(b Bergen, nr Alkmaar, c. 1620; d Paris, Nov 27, 1684).
  • Sarah Medlam

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(b Bergen, nr Alkmaar, c. 1620; d Paris, Nov 27, 1684).

French cabinetmaker of Dutch birth. By 1643 he was in Paris where he was apprenticed to Adrien Garbrant; he later married Garbrant’s daughter and took over his workshop. A connection by marriage with the architect and engraver Jean Marot I, who was working for King Louis XIV, may have led to Gole’s first known royal commission in 1661. Further commissions at Vincennes followed in the same year, and during the 1670s Gole worked almost exclusively at Versailles. He maintained his workshop in the Rue Arbre-Sec, near the Louvre, though he certainly collaborated with other craftsmen at the royal workshops in the Gobelins, possibly using them for his royal commissions. The tapestry (c. 1667; Versailles, Château) illustrating Louis XIV’s visit to the Gobelins in 1667 almost certainly shows Gole presenting a Boulle table to the King. Gole’s style developed quickly: his earliest cabinets, in ebony, followed the mid-century style of rich sobriety, but for his first royal commission he decorated a cabinet (untraced) with floral marquetry and during the 1660s and 1670s he used such exotic materials as tortoiseshell, japanning and brass and pewter marquetry with amaranth wood. Among his most exotic pieces were tables with an ivory ground in imitation of porcelain, supplied in the 1670s to the ...

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