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Antoine Caton (1726 - 1800)
Works of Art

Painter and gilder, op. 1749 - 1798.

He joined Vincennes in 1749, probably beginning as a flower painter. Then n the 1750s he coloured moulded cherubs and flowers, trophies and children in landscapes after Boucher. By 1760 he was painting coloured reserves, at first Teniers or genre scenes, and later an increasingly wide range of subjects: military, historical, mythological, pastoral and fanciful. He was a member of the hard-paste painters’ workshop in 1775-7, becoming chef des peintres in 1789, and he also worked as a gilder.

He married Marie-Catherine Payot, who herself became a flower painter at the factory in 1753.