Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Pierre-Philippe Thomire

Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751–1843) a French sculptor, was the most prominent bronzier, or producer of ornamental patinated and gilt-bronze objects and furniture mounts of the First French Empire.

One of the most remarkable bronze makers of his generation, Thomire is recognized for his production of furniture bronze under the Ancien Régime (Late Middle Ages (c. 1500) until 1789 and the French Revolution). He raised this trade under the Empire to its highest level of quality, while creating an industrial company in the early 19th century whose influence was monumental. 

He had received his training in the workshop of Pierre Gouthière, the outstanding Parisian ciseleur-doreur working in the Louis XVI style, before establishing his own shop in 1776. Thomire’s big break came when he began assisting Jean-Claude-Thomas Duplessis, the artistic director of the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, in making mounts.When Duplessis died in 1783, Thomire took over his job, supplying all the gilt bronze mounts for the porcelain. This work kept him in business throughout the French Revolution, when many other producers went bankrupt.In 1809 the Emperor Napoleon made him ciseleur de l’empereur (Engraver to the Emperor).Because of the large number of pieces Thomire supplied to the palaces, his firm became fournisseur de leurs majestés (Furniture Suppliers to their Majesties) two years later.His most prestigious commission was the execution of the cradle for the King of Rome which was designed by Pierre Paul Prud’hon and in which Thomire collaborated with the Imperial silversmith Odiot.
He became one of the bronziers attached to the Manufacture Royale de Sèvres, creating the bronze mounts for most of the important creations of the day.Thomire’s business managed to survive even after Napoleon’s downfall, winning numerous medals at various exhibitions.

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20 thoughts on “Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Pierre-Philippe Thomire

  1. That is the case in many countries, like Afghanistan,Ukraine, Russia, China……in Europe during world war 1 and 2….


  2. Makes me think of the Library of Alexandria — according to Wiki, estimates vary but there were somewhere between 40,000 and 400,000 scrolls, perhaps equivalent to roughly 100,000 books were destroyed, casualties of war. A whole history gone.


  3. I totally agree. A lot of these treasures are stolen “on demand” for some rich person and so they disappear from the radar for ever. And a lot of art is ruined by war, earthquakes, floods…..


  4. I have a big problem with that — although it probably comes from having no money. So many rich people have famous treasures in their “collection” — I’m sure the museums know where everything is, but it’s like digging for gold for the rest of us — there’s no way I’d find them in my backyard.


  5. Oh yes there are. I have visited many musea all over the world, they are really treasure troves but I think there are many other treasures we never see as they belong to private people who keep it all for their own pleasure.


  6. I think they are amazingly expensive ! But great art none the less. If you didn’t have given his name I’d thought he was French 😀 I’ve seen things like these in the French chateau’s near Paris.


  7. Once in a while I wonder what it would be like to live in Versailles or Villa Medici. While I would be initially be impressed, I think I would find I’d miss just a sofa and some blankets and, if I was lucky, a fireplace and books.


  8. This fellow “helped” on some pieces and make the entire product with others. I went and double checked as to not give him all the credit, and it turns out bronze- and goldsmiths Thomire and Odiot founded and chased it in gilt silver. It is called the “Roi de Rome” of King of Rome Cradle, and it was for Napoleon’s son.


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