Jean Le Pautre

Jean Le Pautre or Lepautre (baptised 28 June 1618; died 2 February 1682)[1][2] was a French designer and engraver, the elder brother of the architect Antoine Le Pautre, the father of the engravers Pierre Le Pautre and Jacques Le Pautre, and the uncle of the sculptor Pierre Lepautre. Jean Le Pautre was an apprentice to a carpenter and builder. In addition to learning mechanical and constructive work, he developed considerable skill with the pencil. His designs, innumerable in quantity and exuberant in content, consisted mainly of ceilings, friezes, chimney-pieces, doorways and mural decorations. He also devised fire-dogs, sideboards, cabinets, console tables, mirrors and other pieces of furniture.

Jean Le Pautre, Sight of the Basin of Latone in the Gardens of Versailles, 1678

Le Pautre was long employed at the Gobelins manufactory. His work is often very flamboyant and elaborate. He frequently used amorini and swags, arabesques and cartouches in his work. His chimney-pieces, in contrast, were often simple and elegant. His engraved plates, nearly 1,500 in number, are almost entirely original and include a portrait of himself. He made many designs for Andre Charles Boulle.

He became a member of the academy of Paris in 1677.

Le Pautre's daughter Marie in 1669 became the second wife of the sculptor Pierre Le Gros the Elder[3] and stepmother to the three year old Pierre Le Gros the Younger who in turn learned drawing from Jean Le Pautre.[4]


  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Le Pautre, Jean". Encyclopædia Britannica. 16 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 464.
  • Préaud, Maxime (2011). 'Jean Lepautre’s Forgotten Seven Cannons', Print Quarterly, XXVIII, 2011 pp. 318–20.
  1. ^ Maxime Préaud, Inventaire du fronds français: graveurs du XVII siècle. Tome 11, Antoine Lepautre, Jacques Lepautre et Jean Lepautre (Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 1993, ISBN 9782717718874), p. 9
  2. ^ Auguste Jal, "Le Paultre, puis Le Pautre (Jean)", p. 773, in Dictionnaire critique de biographie et d'histoire, 2nd edition (Paris: Henri Plon, 1872).
  3. ^ Thomas Hedin, The Sculpture of Gaspard and Balthazard Marsy, Columbia (University of Missouri Press) 1983, p. 227, n. 5.
  4. ^ Bissell, Gerhard (1997), Pierre le Gros, 1666-1719, p. 10, ISBN 0-9529925-0-7 (in German)

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