Rémond, François

(c. 1747—1812)

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(b ?Paris, c. 1747; d Paris, 14 April 1812). French bronze-caster, chaser and gilder. He became a master of the Corporation des Doreurs in Paris in 1774 and built up a successful practice that was patronized by members of the court of Louis XVI (reg 1774-92). Throughout the 1780s he undertook commissions for clocks, candelabra and firedogs composed of grotesques, bacchanalian and allegorical figures, arabesques and floral ornament, executed in low relief or modelled in the round. For the Turkish bedroom of the Comte d’Artois (later Charles X) at Versailles he made a gilt-bronze clock with figures of sultans (1780; Versailles, Château) and wall-lights decorated with satyr masks in low relief (1784; Paris, Louvre). Rémond's work has sometimes been mistakenly attributed to Pierre Gouthière, who was made Ciseleur du Roy in 1781. It is known that they collaborated, and Gouthière appears to have subcontracted work to Rémond on some of his large projects. There is also evidence to suggest that Rémond supplied him regularly with bronzework of all kinds. Similarly, Rémond supplied clockmakers with such stock items as mythological figures, urns, quivers and baskets. From 1788 to 1792 he supplied the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre (fl 1772; d 1796), whose clients included Marie-Antoinette and George, Prince of Wales. In 1788 Gouthière's bankruptcy brought their working relationship to an end, and in 1795 Rémond was collaborating with Antoine-André Ravrio.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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