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engraver (printmaker), print publisher, printseller, painter, tapestry designer, reproductive engraver
DataBnF; Thieme/Becker 1931; Saur 2016; on May 15th 1643, he received permission to engrave and print 'many rare paintings' ('quantité de rares tableaux') (Grivel 1986). An act dated October 1664 states that Balthazar Moncornet 'worked for a long time in the King's tapestry manufacture', the Gobelins, where his father was one of the most prominent tapestry designer, before becoming an engraver (Saur 2016).
Nationality/school
South Netherlandish
Saur 2016
Born
Brussels 1590/1598-03-04
ca. 1590 (DataBnF); maybe ca. 1600 in Rouen (Thieme/Becker 1931); before March 4th 1598 in Brussels (Saur 2016)
Deceased
Paris 1668-08-11
DataBnF; Thieme/Becker 1931; Saur 2016; on August 12th 1668 in Grivel 1986
Family relationships
this field records any family relationship to one or more other artist(s).
Balthazar Moncornet was the son of the Flemish tapestry designer Pierre Moncornet (who was naturalized French in January 1607) and Catherine Lislemans (Grivel 1986). He is the brother of a painter Pierre Moncornet (born around 1598 in Brussels), father of Balthazar-Thomas Moncornet and the engraver Jean Moncornet, probably cousin or uncle of a painter Martin (or Mathurin) Moncornet. He married Isabelle (or Elizabeth) Cabouret on July 27th 1626, with whom he had at least 6 children. Among them, one may note Isabelle (or Elizabeth), christened on November 23rd 1626, whose godfather was her uncle, the engraver Pierre Moncornet; Etienne, christened on November 3rd 1631, whose godmother was his aunt Catherine Moncornet, wife of Jean Swelinck; Pierre, christened on September 27th 1632 and whose godfather was the painter Pierre van Boeckel. Moncornet's first wife died between March 5th 1636 and March 31st 1637 (Grivel 1986). As a widower, Balthazar Moncornet married Marguerite Van der Mael (or Van der Mol) on April 20th 1637. He had at least 5 children in this second marriage, among which should be noted: Marguerite-Henriette (died August 7th 1668) who married the printseller Jean Sauvé (the contract provided for a trade association with his father-in-law but this association was disolved Feburary 14th 1666); Jean, christened on July 16th 1641, whose godmother was his aunt Catherine Moncornet, wife of the engraver Jean Swelinck; Marie-Madeleine, whose godfather was Jacques Van Merlen; Jean, christened on March 15th 1649, and whose godfather was the goldsmith Jean de Lens (Grivel 1986). After Moncornet's death, his widow continued their activity and between 1669 and the 1680s she published an almanach every year, before encountering financial difficulties (she died on October 30th 1691); their son Jean Moncornet (1649-1716) took over the business (Saur 2016).
See also
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Between 1661 and 1666, Moncornet was in a partnership with Sauvé for print publishing and selling (signed October 17th 1661). He published works by French engravers Nicolas Cochin le vieux and Noël Cochin le jeune, Jean Lepautre (1618), the Pérelle family, François de Poilly (1621) and the goldsmith Daniel Boutemie (Saur 2016). He also worked in collaboration with the engraver Jean Daret (Grivel 1986).
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  • Brussel
    Saur 2016
  • Duitsland 1622
    It is unknown whereas he physically travelled to Germany, but his first engravings are said to have originated there: his 'Christ et St François d’Assise' was published in 1622 by the Munich printer Adam Berg (Saur 2016).
  • Parijs 1602 - 1668
    Arrived in Paris 1602 (DataBnF). Established in the Saint-Hippolyte parish, faubourg Saint-Marcel from 1624 on, in the rue des Gobelins and rue de Bievre in 1637. Nevertheless, in 1631, he lived rue Saint-Jacques, in the Saint-Benoit parish. After a short return to the Saint-Hippolyte parish, he lived in the Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet parish from 1645 to 1646, then rue Saint-Jacques, in the Saint-Séverin parish. On February 10th 1653, Moncornet rented a house in the rue Saint-Jacques under the insigna 'La Belle Croix' from the fathers of the Mathurins convent, in the Saint-Séverin parish. On March 20th 1661, he extended his lease of 'Le Belle Croix' for 6 years (Grivel 1986).
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Subjects
This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
portrait, ornaments, religious scene
The list of his production by Le Blanc contains 140 pieces, but it is uncertain whether he engraved himself or not, as he employed numerous engravers (Thieme/Becker 1931); he owes his reputation to the publication of more than 900 portraits (Saur 2016).
Medium/technique
engraving
On June 15th 1650, he acquired engraved copper plates and merchandises from Michel van Lochom's widow for 3000 livres (Grivel 1986; Saur 2016).
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  • In 1645, he was elected president of the 'Société catholique des illustres nations' (Saur 2016); in 1645, he is also a sexton of the 'Société de la nation flamande' (Grivel 1986).
Creation date: 1992-02-01; Last modified date: 2020-03-26

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