François Ladatte


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(b Turin, 9 Dec 1706; d Turin, 18 Jan 1787). Italian sculptor and decorative artist. Ladatte is best known for his large statues, but he was also an important modeller of bronze mounts for furniture in his native Turin, especially for the cabinetmaker Pietro Piffetti. In 1744, after a decade in Paris, Ladatte returned to Turin, where he was appointed royal sculptor to Victor-Amadeus II of Savoy. He worked as a modeller and chaser in collaboration with Piffetti (including a desk for the Palazzo Reale in Turin and a clock, featuring the Triumph of Time, signed and dated 1775 (Turin, Pal. Reale). In his wall sconces and candelabra Ladatte employed an elegant and spontaneous style, combining the Rocaille of the Louis XV (reg 1715-74) period with Piedmontese exuberance. Between 1750 and 1752 he made his masterpiece in collaboration with the court goldsmith Andrea Boucheron: the bronze and silver tabernacle of the Sacro Pilone in the church at Vicoforte, near Mondovì.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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