(b Orléans, 7 May 1695; d Paris, 11 June 1772). French collector, engraver, print-publisher and print-seller. Huquier's engravings of ornaments, which helped spread the Rococo style throughout Europe just when it was going out of fashion in France, concentrated on the work of three great designers. He brought out a Livre d’ornements in 115 plates after the compositions of Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier. Huquier also engraved c. 140 plates after Jacques de Lajoüe (1686-1761), including the Livre de cartouches, the Livre de buffets (1735), Divers morceaux d’architecture and the three series known as Livre d’architecture. Gilles-Marie Oppenord was the subject of three publications named after their format: Le Moyen Oppenord (bhs 1021-80) containing 72 plates (1737-8); Le Petit Oppenord (bhs 1081-1248) of 168 plates (before 1748); and Le Grand Oppenord (bhs 1249-1368) of 120 plates (1748-51).
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.