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Joseph Baumhauer  

b. unknown , d. 1772 Paris
furniture worker

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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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Writing Table / Baumhauer
Writing Table

French about 1745

Commode / Baumhauer

French, about 1750

Cabinet / Baumhauer

French, about 1765