|Dates||born Italy, 1695 - 1750, master 1724|
Described by one of his contemporaries as "an unruly genius, and, what's more, spoilt by Italy," Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier was the leading and most extravagant pioneer of the
Although qualified to practice as a goldsmith, Meissonnier seems to have concentrated on providing drawings of objects designed with flowing scrolls, asymmetrical foliage and dripping water
Meissonnier provided designs for a variety of clients including the French king and church as well as English, Polish, and Portuguese nobles. He produced works of astonishing variety: paneling for rooms, picture frames, tables, chairs, snuffboxes, lanterns, crucifixes, clocks, and even a project to celebrate the wedding of Louis XV's eldest daughter, which included an elaborate architectural setting for the fireworks display.