François-Thomas Germain

Orfèvre des rois

François-Thomas Germain is son and grandson of the most famous king’s sculptors and goldsmiths and meets glory from the beginning of his career. He is a privileged goldsmith, stays at the Louvre’s galleries and provides all the courts in Europe. While the beauty of his chiselled creations still shines in Saint-Petersbourg and Lisbon, we still hear the echo of his bankruptcy. In his preface Gérard Mabille writes: “As a king’s goldsmith and sculptor [François-Thomas] knew how to create, following on from the rocaille style, unquestionable masterpieces before adopting precociously, as a real precursor, the forms of the dawning neoclassicism.”

23.5 x 30 cm
304 pages
300 colour and black & white illustrations
Hardbound under laminated jacket
ISBN: 978-2-903824-18-1 71,09