Jean Baptiste Baillon:

Jean-Baptiste Baillon was a very famous, and at that time the largest, watchmaker in Paris in the 18th Century, he became a master watchmaker in 1727, his business was first on the Place Dauphine later in the Rue Dauphine. A private factory was located in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, where different watchmakers worked for him, which was quite exceptional at that time. Baillon was a watchmaker to the Queen of France, Maria Leczinska in1738, “Valet de Chambre de la Reine-Ordinaire Watchmaker” by 1748, “Premier Valet de Chambre de la Reine”, and from about 1770 watchmaker at the court of Queen Marie Antoinette, “Premier Valet de Chambre and Valet de Chambre, Watchmaker Ordinaire de la Dauphine” to Marie-Antoinette.  He died in 1772.

Jacques Caffieri (1678 – 1755)

 Caffieri was attached as fondeur-ciseleur to the Batiments du Roi in 1736. A large proportion of his brilliant achievement as a designer and chaser in Bronze and other metals was executed for the crown at Versailles, Fontainebleau, Marly, Compiegne, Choisy and the Chateau de La Muette and the crown, ever in his debt, still owed him money at his death. Philippe and his son Jacques undoubtedly worked together in the Appartement du Dauphin at Versailles, and although much of their contribution has disappeared, the gilt-bronze decorations of the marble chimney-piece still remain. They belong to the best of full-blown Rocco style; vigorous and graceful in design, they are executed with splendid skill.


Dimensions CM Inches
Width: 50 19.5
Depth: 18 7
Height: 96.5 38