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Joseph Henry

Joseph Henry was born in Mirecourt in 1823. At the age of 14 he moved to Paris as an apprentice in Georges Chanot’s shop, and subsequently worked with Dominique Peccatte, who was the primary influence on the young Henry. When Peccatte left Paris in 1848, Henry established a partnership with Pierre Simon and his work became bolder at this juncture. By 1851 he was working independently again and supplying bows to J.B. Vuillaume. From 1855 he also worked for Gand Frères and in this period we see his best work, often mounted in silver and tortoiseshell and with floral designs inlaid in the frog. Henry died in 1870 at the age of 46.

Joseph Henry

(b Mirecourt, 1823; fl Paris, 1837-1870; d 1870)

Joseph Henry was born in Mirecourt in 1823. At the age of 14 he moved to Paris as an apprentice in Georges Chanot’s shop, and subsequently worked with Dominique Peccatte, who was the primary influence on the young Henry. When Peccatte left Paris in 1848, Henry established a partnership with Pierre Simon and his work became bolder at this juncture. By 1851 he was working independently again and supplying bows to J.B. Vuillaume. From 1855 he also worked for Gand Frères and in this period we see his best work, often mounted in silver and tortoiseshell and with floral designs... Read more

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