(b Paris, c. 1725; d Paris, 2 June 1777). French sculptor, bronze-caster and gilder. From 1763 until his death he was the main supplier to the Garde Meuble de la Couronne of gilt-bronze furnishing objects and on 20 March 1764 bought the warrant of Marchand Doreur, Graveur, Damsquineur privilégié du Roi suivant la Cour. It is difficult to discover the exact amount of Pitoin's participation in his commissions, because he often subcontracted a significant proportion of the work to his colleagues. Two fire-dogs (Paris, Louvre), one decorated with a stag and the other with a boar, the first example of which was intended for Mme Du Barry, and fire-dogs (Paris, Louvre) with lyre-shaped decoration, of which several further examples were made from 1771, have, however, been attributed to him. His son and partner, Jean-Claude Pitoin, continued his father's workshop for several years.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.