Pierre Gouthière

Pierre Gouthière (1732-1814) – born Bar-sur-Aube, was a renowned gilder of his time, unsurpassed by any of his rivals. He was a student of François Ceriset and took over his workshop in 1758. Under the protection of the duke d’Aumont, he produced works for King Louis XVI and Princess Marie Antoinette and become the sole gilder for the “Menus-Plaisirs du Roi”. He was the inventor of the matte gilding which became known as the beautiful satin and burnished finish noticed on high quality pieces. He trained famous bronzier Pierre-Philippe Thomire in his studio.