Daniel Marot

Datesabout 1663 - 1752

A French-born architect and designer who worked mainly in England and Holland, Daniel Marot published many influential designs for furniture, decorative objects, and interiors. His many engravings provide an excellent record of contemporary fashions in interior design, including designs for carriages, clocks, paneling, beds, and embroidery. Trained by his father, he worked independently as an engraver by the age of sixteen, making engravings of designs by Jean Bérain, Louis XIV's official designer.

A Protestant, he was forced to leave France in 1685, when the Edict of Nantes was revoked, depriving French Protestants of their religious and civil rights. Marot emigrated to Holland, where he worked for William of Orange and was largely responsible for the interiors of William's palace at Het Loo. In 1694 he followed the prince, by that time William III of England, to London. Marot returned to Holland in about 1698 and remained there until his death.