|Dates||1714 - 1754|
A renowned silversmith during the early 1700s, Nicolas Besnier was given the title of orfèvre du roi (Goldsmith to the King) in 1715 and produced a table service in silver and silver-gilt for
When the painter Jean-Baptiste Oudry was named director of Beauvais in 1734, he selected his great friend Besnier to join him. Not only an accomplished artist but also an astute businessman, Besnier looked after the commercial side of the factory while Oudry concentrated on artistic matters. Before the Besnier-Oudry partnership, Beauvais had continually lost money and frequently had difficulty paying its workers, buying wool and silk, and commissioning new
After about twenty years as the director of Beauvais, Besnier finally retired in December 1753 and died six months later.