Joseph Baumhauer

Datesdied 1772
DiedParis, France

Nothing is known about Joseph Baumhauer's childhood and training in Germany before his arrival in Paris in the 1740s. His marriage to the daughter of a French furniture-maker probably allowed him to establish himself in Paris at a time when established French cabinetmakers vociferously opposed immigrant craftsmen arriving from Germany and other countries. About 1749 Baumhauer was made a marchand-ébéniste privilégié du roi (Dealer and Cabinetmaker to the King), without ever becoming a master in the guild of ébénistes. He soon dropped his last name, which was unpronounceable for his French contemporaries, and used only Joseph, which he also put on his stamp.

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