Friday, January 1, 1971

Jean-Pierre Latz (b.1691-d.1754)

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Jean-Pierre Latz
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Jean-Pierre Latz (1691-1754) was born in the electorate of Cologne circa 1691. He arrived in Paris in 1719 and was naturalized in 1736. In May 1739, he purchased the office of Privileged Cabinetmaker to the King, which absolved him from the obligation of becoming a master. He worked for Madame Elisabeth, Frederick II of Prussia and Augustus II of Poland. Legal proceedings of 1849 mention that he chiseled his own bronzes and owned his models, which would explain the originality of his furniture’s bronzes. Even though he was in violation of the casters-chiselers guild regulations, he took charge of his bronzes until the end of his life, as Charles Cressent and Jacques Confesseur were the experts for his models.