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(Fr. käfyārē`, Ital. käf-fyā`rē), French family of artists.

Philippe Caffieri, 1634–1716, left Italy to enter the service of Louis XIV at the Gobelin factory. He and a son,

Jacques Caffieri, 1678–1755, were employed by the architect Le Brun to make adornments for the palace and gardens at Versailles. Philippe is recorded as having made carved wood decorations for the ambassadors' staircase in the palace. He made bronzes for the king's chamber (1738) and for the council room. His son,

Philippe Caffieri II, 1714–74, worked with him, and together they produced an immense volume of metalwork, including sumptuous ormolu (imitation gold made of brass) mountings for furniture, adornments for several of the royal palaces, e.g., Fontainebleau and Choisy, and casings for clocks—notably a celebrated astronomical clock presented to Louis XV. Another son of Jacques,

Jean Jacques Caffieri, 1725–92, was a sculptor especially noted for statues and portrait busts. His Père Pingré is in the Louvre.

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This is an opportunity to discover a stunning early Savonnerie carpet, a bracket clock whose case is attributed to Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain, two pairs of great rocaille wall-lights, two dish covers made by Jacques-Nicolas Roettiers for the Russian court, fire dogs with a cat and a dog attributed to Philippe Caffieri, a small combined desk and bookcase by Adam Weisweiler, a pair of vases 'Adelaide' (Figs.
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Another signed Caffieri, this time a study of a young lady holding a palette and painting at an easel in a woodland sold for pounds 2,100 against an estimate of pounds 300-400.
The eighteenth century was not short of great portrait sculptors: Antione Coysevox, Guillaume Coustou, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, and Jean-Jacques Caffieri among them.
A typical example is in the Jones collection in London's South Kensington by Caffieri, incorporating a clock on the back of an elephant and another on an elephant from France includes a couple of fighting figures in a castle as well.