(b Belgern, nr Leipzig, 1741; dc. 1806). German cabinetmaker. By 1770 he was established as a master cabinetmaker in Leipzig; he later opened a second workshop at Eilenburg. In 1789 he published his first pattern book, Abbildungen der vornehmsten Tischlerarbeiten, welche verfertiget und zu haben sind bey Friedrich Gottlob Hoffmann, wohnhaft auf dem alten Neumarkt in Leipzig, an anthology of designs for household furniture, mostly inspired by the Louis XVI Neo-classical style. In 1795 he produced a second catalogue, Neues Verzeichnis und Muster-Charte des Meubles-Magazin, in which English design types are dominant. A number of pieces corresponding to plates in these two pattern books have been identified (e.g. sofa, c. 1789, and cylinder secrétaire, c. 1795; both Dresden, Schloss Pillnitz; table, c. 1789; Weimar, Kirms-Krockow-Haus & Herder-Mus.). From 1788 to 1795 Hoffman supplied furniture to the German courts in Gotha, Weimar, Dresden, Brunswick and Dessau and to Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Constantinople and St Petersburg.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.