Joseph Baumhauer

  • died 1772
  • Artist
  • French

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.