(b Lunéville, Lorraine, 8 Dec 1747; d 1829). French arcanist and porcelain painter. He had an itinerant career, details of which are uncertain. He began as a porcelain painter at Sèvres Porcelain Factory (1764-5), and then moved to Niderviller, Ansbach, Kassel (1766), Fulda (possibly), Frankenthal Porcelain Factory, Ludwigsburg Porcelain Factory (which he certainly visited but seems not to have worked), Weesp Porcelain Factory (1769), Höchst Ceramics Factory (1771-3), Schrezheim Pottery Factory (1773-5), Loosdrecht Porcelain Factory, Wedgwood (1776) and John Turner (c. 1777); there is no evidence for the claim that he worked at Offenbach Pottery. On returning to Germany he established the Englische Porcelainsfabrik in Cologne (1788-92) and subsequently worked as director of the Fürstenberg Porcelain Factory (1795-1814); on being dismissed for collaborating with the French during the Napoleonic wards he finished his career as director of the Wrisbergholzen pottery in Hanover. Gerverot was particularly noted for his painting of exotic birds.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.