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Jacques Fontaine (1735 - 1807)
  • Place of Birth: Paris, France
  • Place of Death: Paris, France
Works of Art

Painter, gilder and burnisher, op. 1752 - 1807.

He was a fan painter before joining Vincennes in May 1752 as a flower painter. At first he chiefly painted sprays and garlands of flowers, and apparently birds. From c. 1767 he specialized in cherubs, grisaille trophies or classical heads. He also painted cherubs and children in landscapes and marine scenes. In the 1780s his range changed to include floral border patterns, friezes and arabesques. He also applied ground colours and worked as a gilder and burnisher. He worked almost exclusively on tea, service and useful wares. He contributed to the Catherine II service.