Louis Rault (1847 – 1903) French sculptor, engraver and jewellery designer

Louis Rault (1847 – 1903) was a French Sculptor, engraver, silversmith and jewellery designer. Rault was a son of a shoemaker from Saint-Palais. He had received almost no formal training, but he knew how to acquire the requisite training.

Biography

He was 14 years old when he received his apprenticeship with a talented engraver. His work consisted mostly of running errands, and he felt he was learning nothing. Rault was so disappointed that he thought of giving up.

However, he took courses in drawing and modelling where he worked diligently. After two years of study, in 1868 Rault entered the Boucheron workshop on the Place Vendôme in Paris where he remained until 1875.

At the end of the nineteenth century, he set up a workshop where he produced silver and jewellery in the Art Nouveau style.

Gold cravat-pin with a medallion struck in gold with a profile of Diana with a crescent, bow & arrow to the left by Louis Armand Rault
Gold cravat-pin with a medallion struck in gold with a profile of Diana with a crescent, bow & arrow to the left by Louis Armand Rault
Hollow gold brooch with a profile head of Minerva by Louis Armand Rault
Hollow gold brooch with a profile head of Minerva by Louis Armand Rault
Cast and chased silver waist-clasp (in two pieces) in the form of two parrots on branches by Louis Armand Rault
Cast and chased silver waist-clasp (in two pieces) in the form of two parrots on branches by Louis Armand Rault

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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