Jean I Barraband


Jean I Barraband was born around 1650 in Nègrepelisse in Languedoc and grew up in Aubusson, training with his father at the tapestry workshop he ran with his cousin Jean Mercier. Barraband then trained as a painter in Paris, and received an apprenticeship to the still life painter François Garnier arranged by the painter Claude Vignon, whose brother lived as a Protestant pastor in Aubusson. With the Edict of Fontainebleau in 1685 Barraband fled with many other tapestry artists from Aubusson and settled in Berlin, and upon receipt of a patent from Frederick William, Great Elector of Brandenburg established a tapestry workshop with his brother-in-law Pierre I Mercier called ‘Mercier and Barraband’. After his death in 1709, his son Jean II Barraband succeeded to the partnership with Mercier and expanded the manufactory. The first Berlin. The first recorded delivery of the Emperor of China or Grossmogulenfolge series in 1713 coincides with Jean II Barraband assuming ownership although it can be speculated that an earlier set might have been made for Queen Charlotte.