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Briot, Nicholas (1579–1646), coin- and seal-engraver and medallist, was born at Damblein in Bassigny, duchy of Bar, France, the son of Didier Briot, merchant. Between 1606 and 1625 he was engraver-general at the Paris mint, where he experimented with machinery for striking coins, a subject which was to dominate his thinking for the rest of his life. Having set out his proposals in 1615 in a treatise entitled ...

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Gribelin, Simon (1662–1733), printmaker and metal-engraver, was born in Blois, France, the son of Jacob Gribelin, who was recorded as still living in Blois in 1691. The family was one of watchmakers and engravers. Gribelin moved to England about 1680, presumably anticipating the revocation of the edict of Nantes, and he appears to have remained close to the Huguenot community in ...

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Lamerie, Paul Jacques de (1688–1751), goldsmith, was born on 9 April 1688 in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, the only child of Paul Souchay de la Merie and his wife, Constance le Roux. His father, an officer in William III's army, moved to London in 1689 and ...

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Sprimont, Nicholas (bap. 1715, d. 1771), goldsmith and porcelain manufacturer, was baptized in Liège on 23 January 1715, the son of Pierre Sprimont and Gertrude Goffin, and may have been apprenticed there to his uncle Nicholas Joseph Sprimont (c.1678–1744). Given his knowledge of French silver and porcelain it is likely that he also trained in ...

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Nicholas Sprimont (bap. 1715, d. 1771) by unknown artist, c. 1759 [centre, with his wife, Ann (right), and his sister-in-law Susanna Protin (left)] E&H Manners

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Willaume, David (1658–1741), goldsmith, was born on 7 June 1658 on the Pont des Morts, Metz, France, the third of the six children of Adam Willaume (d. 1704), merchant goldsmith, and Anne, née Philippe (d. c.1706), who had married on 30 April 1651. ...

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