(b Paris, 19 March 1715; d St Petersburg, 24 March 1759). French painter, furniture designer, architect and engraver. After eight years in Rome working as an architect, he returned in 1747 to Paris, where he executed engravings of ancient paintings for the Comte de Caylus and revived the technique of encaustic. Through de Caylus he obtained a commission from Count Carl Gustav Tessin to design quadratura representations of columns and niches for the dining-room walls of his country house at Åkerö, Sweden, in 1754.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.