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Jean-Baptiste-Etienne Genest (c. 1725 - 1789)
Works of Art

Painter and head of the painters’ workshop, op. 1752 - 1788.

He worked as a painter in Paris before joining Vincennes in May 1752. In January 1753 he was appointed head of the painters’ workshop. In this position his responsibilities would have included decisions on how pieces should be decorated, allocation of work among the painters, quality control and discipline. By 1774 he was running a drawing school for twenty students.

Genest also provided models for the painters to copy. His own work included flowers, birds, animals and landscapes. He made designs for the engraved steel discs used to make gold foils for jewelled enamelling, and produced special designs for the Catherine II service.