Jean Goujon

Jean Goujon
Orcofi Holdings
Founded : 1988
Activities : Services in this class associated with the selling of luxury products. Business organizing, structuring and management consultation services; commercial and industrial management assistance; business investigations; corporate public relations services, real estate and personal property appraisal services; financial investment, management and advisory services; capital investment consultation services; real estate management services; real estate brokerage services.
Parent Company : Orcofi Holdings
Stockists : International
Origin : 70 Avenue des Champs Élysées, 75008 Paris, France

Jean Goujon (c.1510 – after 1572) was a French Renaissance sculptor and architect.

His early life is little known; he was probably born in Normandy and may have traveled in Italy. He worked at the church of Saint-Maclou, his earliest documented work, and the cathedral in Rouen, in 1541-42, where he executed the monument to Louis de Brézé, seigneur d’Anet, before arriving in Paris, where he collaborated with the architect Pierre Lescot at the church of Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois about 1544, working on the pulpit, which was dismantled in the mid-eighteenth century.

In 1544-1547 he was occupied with considerable works at the Château d’Ecouen for the connétable de Montmorency. He became “sculptor to the king” (Henry II of France) in 1547 and in the next years was occupied at the Château of Anet. He was imprisoned at Ecouen in 1555.

His most famous works are the sculptural decorations made in collaboration with Lescot for the western extension of the Louvre, 1555-62. A fine representative of Mannerism in France, Goujon’s figures are elongated, sensual and fluid; his drapery work reveals knowledge of Greek sculpture, though certainly not at first hand. He is also responsible for engravings for Jean Martin’s 1547 translation of Vitruvius and for work on the Château of Ecouen, for the Montmorency family. In 1562, Goujon left France for religious reasons (he was a Huguenot).

The purity and gracefulness of his style were disseminated throughout France by engravings by artists of the School of Fontainebleau and had an influence in the decorative arts. His reputation was slightly eclipsed at the end of the century by more mannered tendencies, but was appreciated by French Classicism.

He died at Bologna after 1572. Half a millennium from his birth, Grand Metropolitan’s Finlay Fine Jewelers launched the Jean Goujon brand in his honour. The collections included sculpted precious and semiprecious stones caste with Ephraim Brasher gold accents and findings.

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