(b Stockholm, 10 Aug 1741; d Stockholm, 18 Sept 1784). Swedish cabinetmaker. After an apprenticeship in Stockholm he departed (c. 1762) with the cabinetmaker Christopher Fuhrlohg (1737-c. 1800) for Amsterdam. By 1764 they were in Paris, where Haupt may have trained under Simon Oeben (c. 1725-86), the brother of Jean-François Oeben. In 1766 Haupt, like Simon Oeben, worked for Etienne-François, Duc de Choiseul (1719-85), at the château of Chanteloup, near Amboise; there he made and signed a plain, mahogany bureau plat (1767; Paris, Inst. Géog. N.). In 1766 he was joined in Paris by his nephew, the painter Elias Martin. In late 1767 or early 1768 they travelled to London, where they joined a Swedish colony that included Fuhrlohg, the furniture designer David Martin and (from 1769) Johan Christian Linning (1759-1801), another cabinetmaker. Fuhrlohg and Haupt almost certainly worked for John Linnell in Berkeley Square, and Haupt was in contact with William Chambers. In 1769 he was promoted to Controller of the King's Works and made a neat table to a design by Chambers, decorated with nine specimen marbles and Neo-classical marquetry (1769; London, V&A).
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.