(b Bar-sur-Aube, bapt 13 Jan 1732; d Paris, 8 June 1813). French bronze-caster and gilder. His reputation as the most eminent bronzeworker and gilder in the reign of Louis XVI (reg 1774-92) was established during his lifetime. Many of the bronze pieces produced during this period were thought to have been made by Gouthière, but some of the most important works have been reattributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire and François Rémond on the basis of documentary evidence. Louis XVI acquired for his private museum 20 of the 34 pieces by Gouthière that were in the Aumont collection, while three of them were bought by Marie-Antoinette.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.