Paris 1684 - 1754 Paris
Nicolas Pineau was the son of a court sculptor of the French king. Starting initially in his father’s workshop, he then studied architecture under Jules Hardouin Mansart and Germain Boffrand. He also completed a course of studies at the Académie de Saint-Luc, whose director he became in 1749, and worked in the atelier of the goldsmith Thomas Germain.

In 1716, Pineau accompanied the architect Alexandre-Jean-Baptiste le Blond to Russia to work for Peter the Great. He was involved in executing the interior of Peterhof Palace as well as decorating the St. Peter and Paul fortress in St. Petersburg. He also designed the mourning decoration to mark the funeral of Peter the Great in 1725. He then returned to Paris, where he mainly created sculptural works of a decorative nature.

Pineau’s importance lay in his ornament drawings; very little remains of the decorations actually executed. He is regarded as the creator of the early Louis XV style and the originator of asymmetric ornamentation, which became a characteristic feature of rococo.
Nicolas Pineau
The Golden Carriage of Prince Joseph Wenzel I von Liechtenstein, 1738

Wood, painted and gilt, steel, bronze gilt, leather, crystal, velvet with gold embroidery, brocade, height 319 cm, width 213 cm, depth 610 cm
Inv.-No. SK1
[learn more]
Zum Seitenanfang  
Related themes
List of Artists, permanent Exhibition
Anton Anreiter
Carl Wendelin Anreiter von Zirnfeld
Pompeo Girolamo Batoni
Bernardo Bellotto
Antonio Bellucci
Josef Bergler
Antonio Canal, called Il Canaletto
Nicolas Colombel
Isaac de Moucheron
Johann Adam Delsenbach
Georg Raphael Donner
Matthäus Donner
Du Paquier manufactory Du Paquier manufactory
Ignaz Elhafen
Vincenzo Fanti
Marcantonio Franceschini
Giuseppe Gaggini
Giovanni Giuliani
Daniel Gran
Johann Georg von Hamilton
Jan van Huysum
Claude le Fort du Plessy
Pierre Legros
Franz Anton Maulbertsch
Paolo Pagani
Andrea Pozzo
Sebastiano Ricci
Hyacinthe Rigaud
Christian Seybold
Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi
Franz Werner Tamm
Claude Josèphe Vernet
New acquisitions >>