1723 - après 1796
Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIème Siècle
Les Editions de l'Amateur - 2002
1723 - 1796
Master 10 November 1745
Probably Michel Avisse's cousin. He recorded his master's letter at the Châtelet of Paris, on April 18, 1747. He worked from premises in the rue de Cléry. In spite of his output Jean went out of business on two occasions, in 1769 and in 1776. From these records we know which carvers he worked with Jean-François Baillard, Pierre Rousseau and Claude Vinache. His clientele was mainly made up of upholsterer-dealers. He also worked for private patrons, such as the Marquise de Chabannnes, the Comtesse de Fontenay and the Chevalier de Lamotte.
Jean Avisse's stamp is found on chairs in rococo style, Louis XV style and Louis XVI style. Most of the Louis XVI chairs attest to a certain lack of design creativeness, but the Louis XV models are noteworthy for their rather stiff shapes, typical of Jean's work. He is known to have made a great many chairs with wide mouldings and very little carving, and his more elaborately carved works are always masterpieces of execution, featuring finely detailed carving and unusual motifs.
"The Art of the Chair in eighteenth-century France"
Bill G.B. Pallot