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Charles-Eloi Asselin (1743 - 1804)
Biography
Works of Art

Painter, gilder and burnisher, op. 1765 - 1804

Asselin probably studied at the Academy before arriving at Sèvres on 20 May 1765 and he became one of the factory’s principal figure painters. Throughout his career he painted cherubs and trophies on clouds, children in landscapes, pastorals, subjects adapted from Greuze, Pater and Watteau and military scenes. He worked not only in polychrome enamels, but also in monochrome and in gilding, sometimes burnishing his own work. He was one of the first painters to work on hard-paste porcelain.

He worked variously on tableaux, plaques, vases and teawares; he also contributed to the Catherine II and Louis XVI services. In 1798 he was assistant head of the painters’ workshop at Sèvres. His married Marie-Julie Laleu, who worked as a burnisher and flower-painter at the factory, in 1774.