Jean Avisse

Dates1723 - after 1796, master 1745

Jean Avisse was one of the many carvers who toiled with little recognition in Paris in the 1700s. As he produced chairs, stools, and settees for upholsterers and dealers, he probably never earned much money. His business was so poor that he was forced to declare bankruptcy twice, in 1769 and in 1776. Despite this, Paris archives show that he paid a large sum of money to receive the honorary title of "Flag Holder in the Town Hall Guards."

Avisse's elaborately carved chairs are finely detailed, with creative variations on common motifs such as shells, flowers, and leaves. He used the stamp IAVISSE to mark his works.

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