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Vechte, Antoine

The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts
Gordon Campbell

Vechte, Antoine 

(b 1799; d 1868).

French silversmith, active also in England. After an early career as an independent craftsman specializing in Renaissance revival jewellery, some of which was bought in the belief that it was Renaissance silver. He later joined the Paris firm of François-désiré Froment-meurice, for whom his work in the Renaissance style (in collaboration with Jules Wièse (1818–90) included an agate cup (known as a coupe des vendanges; c.1844; Paris, Louvre) mounted on a sculptural base of silver and silver gilt, and enamelled and set with pearls. After the 1848 revolution Vechte moved to London, where he joined Hunt & Roskell (see Paul Storr). The impact of his virtuoso repoussé work in England was very considerable, especially as his silver was reproduced by galvanoplasty (see Electrotype). In 1861 he retired to France.