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Etienne-Henry Le Guay, The Elder (1719 - 1799)
  • Place of Birth: Saint-Cloud, France
  • Place of Death: Sèvres, France
Works of Art

Gilder, burnisher and painter, op. 1742 - 1797

He was employed at Vincennes in 1742-3 and 1748-9 before returning finally in 1751. He worked as a gilder on a wide range of tea, service and useful wares, and gilded many special commissions including the Catherine II service (C474-9).

His absences from Vincennes in the 1740’s are explained by his military career. On the 26 April 1743 he was engaged for 6 years in the compagnie de M. de Hautoy (company of M. de Hautoy) in the Royal Regiment (his left hand being maimed at the Battle of Fontenoy in 1745). In 1749 he rejoined his regiment at Sarreguemines, but through Madame de Pompadour’s intercession with his commanding officer, the comte de Guerchy, he was loaned 36 livres to purchase his release and he returned to Vincennes in October 1751.

On 2 June 1761 he married Antoinette-Jeanne Julien, who was presumably related to the two painters Julien on the 1780’s.