Paul (?) Georges

Datesactive second half of the 18th century

Church records and guild archives provide scholars with the little information they have about the life of Paul Georges, a picture frame maker who worked in Paris in the mid- 1700s. He married the widow of another woodcarver, who brought the workshop of her late husband with its tools, equipment, and workers to the marriage as her dowry. It was a relatively common practice in the 1700s for young craftsmen to marry the widows of their employers, thus enabling a workshop to remain open. In 1750, around the time of Georges' marriage, he rented a relatively large three-story house, with a shop on the ground floor and a workshop and stables next door.