Jean-Pierre Latz

Datesabout 1691 - 1754
RolesArtist, Maker
BornCologne, Germany
DiedParis, France

In 1749, over two thousand bronze ornaments and models, as well as tools, were discovered in Jean-Pierre Latz's workshop and seized at the instigation of the bronze-casters' guild. He had violated strict guild regulations, which forbade non-guild members from producing gilt bronze mounts in their workshops, and he was eventually prosecuted for this infraction.

Latz had come to Paris from Cologne, Germany in 1719 to work as an ébéniste. His marriage to the daughter of a wealthy property developer, with her substantial dowry and well-connected relations, launched him into Parisian society. Before 1741 he obtained the warrant of ébéniste privilégié du roi (Privileged Cabinetmaker to the King), allowing him to practice without becoming a master. Latz specialized in the production of clock cases, some of which were veneered in marquetry of tortoiseshell and brass.

Latz sold much of his furniture to foreign courts, delivering pieces to the kings of Prussia and Poland, as well as to Madame Elisabeth, the daughter of Louis XV who married the Duke of Parma.