Jean-Louis Prieur (1725 - 1785)


Prieur, Jean-Louis. Sculptor, furniture-designer, and founder and chaser of bronzes. Born about 1725, died after 1785.<br>Prieur became a maître-sculpteur and member of the Académie de Saint-Luc in 1765. In 1769 he became a maître-fondeur en terre et sable. In the Almanach des Artistes for the year 1777, he is described as sculpteur en ornemens, modeleur et ciseleur, while in 1783 he calls himself sculpteur, ciseleur et doreur du Roi. In 1776 he was living in the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis; later he moved to the Enclos du Temple. He went bankrupt in 1778. This J.-L. Prieur should not be confused with another sculptor with the same Christian and surnames who was residing in the Rue Frepillon in 1758.<br>Prieur's earliest known work is the series of drawings he executed for furniture, bronzes, etc., in the Neo-Classical style intended for the Polish Court at Warsaw in 1766, for which he was paid the not inconsiderable sum of 57,500 livres. Perhaps this included payment for the actual manufacture by Prieur of some of the bronzes - those not being made by Philippe Caffieri. In about 1775, Prieur provided the bronze mounts for the coach made for the coronation of Louis XVI after designs by Bellanger. During the 1780s he produced numerous engravings of ornament, principally proposals for arabesque wall-decoration. Among Prieur's many drawings in the University Library in Warsaw, is a series of Vases et Fontaines and another of Dessins de Diferentes Bordures. A bronze bracket-clock included in the Albert von Goldschmidt-Rothschild sale (Berlin, 14th March 1933); lot 36) was inscribed 'Prieur Sculpteur Paris'.