SILVER BY JEAN-GUILLAUME MOITTE (1745-1810)

Jean-Guillaume Moitte was born in Paris to an artist father, Pierre-Etienne Moitte.  From 1761-64, he trained under the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle and then transferred to the Atelier of Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, the favorite sculptor of King Louis XV.  Despite this training and various important commissions, the period that most influenced Moitte’s oeuvre was his time at the Académie in Rome.  

Here he studied Roman reliefs, vases, urns and sarcophagi, and it was this concentration on the art of antiquity that inspired him on his return to France.  Following his return to Paris, Moitte is said to have executed plus de mille dessins de ce genre for the celebrated goldsmith Henri Auguste.  Moitte’s classically inspired drawings contributed much to the development of the Empire style in metalwork in which Auguste’s oeuvre played an important role.

TEXTILES FROM LYON

PORCELAIN (PARIS, SEVRES, DIJON, 1880-1930)

EMBROIDERY BY MARTINE LE COURS FOR MAISON PAUL POIRET (FRENCH, 1911-1919)

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