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Claude Pierray

Pierray was perhaps the finest maker of the pre-revolutionary ‘Vieux-Paris’ school, characterised by an Amatese choice of mode, and yellow to deep brown varnish of variable consistency. He was active from around 1700 until his death in 1729. A mannerism shared by his contemporary Jacques Bocquay, a slightly inferior craftsman, is the pronounced roundness of the lower bouts which produces a rather sudden change to the concave approach to the corner.

Claude Pierray

(fl Paris, 1700-1740)

Pierray was perhaps the finest maker of the pre-revolutionary ‘Vieux-Paris’ school, characterised by an Amatese choice of mode, and yellow to deep brown varnish of variable consistency. He was active from around 1700 until his death in 1729. A mannerism shared by his contemporary Jacques Bocquay, a slightly inferior craftsman, is the pronounced roundness of the lower bouts which produces a rather sudden change to the concave approach to the corner.

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