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Pierre Silvestre

Born in Sommerviller in 1801, Pierre Silvestre was apprenticed to Blaise in Mirecourt before working for Nicolas Lupot and Charles François Gand (‘Gand père’) in Paris. He established his own shop in Lyon in 1829, where he was joined by his brother Hippolyte in 1831, the company becoming ‘Silvestre Frères’. Hippolyte returned to Sommerviller in 1848, but following Pierre’s death in 1859, resumed his place in the Lyon shop. In 1865 he passed it on to his cousin Hippolyte Chrétien and retired to Sommerviller where he died in 1879. Pierre was the dominant craftsman in the partnership, and produced fine copies of classical instruments in the Vuillaume style, some with carved figurative heads.

Pierre Silvestre

(b Sommervillers, 1801; d Lyon, 1859)

Born in Sommerviller in 1801, Pierre Silvestre was apprenticed to Blaise in Mirecourt before working for Nicolas Lupot and Charles François Gand (‘Gand père’) in Paris. He established his own shop in Lyon in 1829, where he was joined by his brother Hippolyte in 1831, the company becoming ‘Silvestre Frères’. Hippolyte returned to Sommerviller in 1848, but following Pierre’s death in 1859, resumed his place in the Lyon shop. In 1865 he passed it on to his cousin Hippolyte Chrétien and retired to Sommerviller where he died in 1879. Pierre was the dominant craftsman in the partnership, and produced fine... Read more

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