(b Paris, 23 Oct 1759; d Paris, 4 Dec 1814). French bronzeworker. Son of a well-known bronze-founder, he trained as a bronzeworker and became a master in the bronzeworkers’ guild in 1777. He purchased the firm of Jean-Baptiste Disnematin-Dorat, the marchand-mercier for whom he had previously worked, in 1786. Among the decorative items on Ravrio's stock-lists were lamps, girandoles, clocks and bronze mounts that he supplied to a number of the leading cabinetmakers of the day, including George Jacob and Guillaume Beneman. Ravrio also collaborated with François Rémond. In 1810 he was appointed bronzeworker to Napoleon (reg 1804-14), for whom he worked at a number of châteaux, including those of Saint-Cloud and Compiègne, and at the Tuileries. During this period his firm may have employed as many as 100 workers. His clockcases are easiest to identify as, unlike much of his other work, they are signed. The clocks are notable for the way the faces are ingeniously integrated into the overall design. Ravrio's adopted son, Louis Stanilas Lenoir (1783-1846), continued his father's work.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.