François Rémond and Brian O'DwyerPalace of Versailles, Salon des Nobles. Large "camel" pendulum clock and "crane" candelabrasFrançois Rémond (c. 1747 – 1812) was a French master metalworker and bronze gilder who achieved renown in his day, and whose work is still greatly valued. It included stand-alone works such as candelabras, the decorative casings for clocks and bronze ornamentation for the elaborate furniture made for the elite at the time. LifeFrançois Rémond was born in Paris about 1747, and started his apprenticeship in 1763. In 1774 he became a master in the bronze gilders' guild. He was a prolific worker. He became one of the best regarded of bronze gilders, carvers and casters of his time, producing work that was much in demand from the royal court. He undertook many commissions from the prominent marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre. He created works in the Turkish style, then in vogue, for the royal family of Louis XVI of France (1754–1793).Rémond made urns, firedogs and candelabras. He worked with the bronze caster Pierre Gouthière on some of his larger works before 1788, when Gouthière went bankrupt. Both Rémond and Gouthière were known for their ability to create matt and burnished gilding. They would make elaborate gilt-bronze mounts for clocks, furniture or statuary that incorporated imaginary or rare creatures such as camels and ostriches. Rémond also made ornaments and figures for clock makers and furniture mounts for ébénistes. He provided bronze ornamentation for the furniture-maker Jean Henri Riesener (1734-1806).In August 1774 the cabinet-maker David Roentgen, based in the town of Neuwied on the lower Rhine, met Rémond in Paris. This was to be the start of a long and productive relationship between the two men. In future, most of Roentgen's pieces were ornamented with bronze from Paris, including mounts by Rémond and sometimes sculptural work from artists such as Louis-Simon Boizot. Roentgen sold a rolltop desk to Catherine the Great in April 1786, decorated in bronze, with a chiming clock. The clock incorporates a bronze sculpture and bronze ornamentation made with great skill and artistry by Rémond. In a set of five cabinets that Roentgen made for Catherine between 1786 and 1788 Rémond made the arabesque ornaments on the door panels and bronze medallions of the philosophers Cicero and Plato.An example of his work is an elaborate Neoclassical chimney-piece held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, made in 1784 after a design by François-Joseph Bélanger (1744-1818), with bronze figures representing satyresses sculpted by Jean-Joseph Foucou (1739-1815). It was commissioned for the Grand Salon Ovale of the Hôtel Thelusson in Paris. The cheminée is made of Verde di Levanto marble, patinated bronze and gilt bronze. Rémond cast the bronze figures and made the decoration. The frieze is entirely decorated with repeating gilt-bronze ornament.François Rémond died in Paris in 1812.
Brian O'Dwyer and François RémondBrian O'Dwyer (born October 10, 1945) is an American lobbyist and lawyer. He is the son of prominent New York lawyer, Paul O'Dwyer, and nephew of Mayor William O'Dwyer. He is married to Marianna MacWilliam, the former Associate Vice Chancellor of the State University of New York, with whom he has two children. O'Dwyer was appointed the Commissioner of the United States National Commission of UNESCO by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Contents 1 Early years and education 2 Work 3 Lobbyist/causes 4 ReferencesEarly years and educationO'Dwyer was born on October 10, 1945 in the Upper West side of New York City. He attended the High School of Music and Art. In 1961 following the election of John F. Kennedy he was one of the founders of the High School Democratic Association, with members drawn from most of New York's top high schools. Before becoming a lawyer, he studied Spanish at the National University of Mexico and graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1966. Shortly after, he obtained a Master's degree in Spanish from Middlebury College, Madrid, and graduated with his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Later, he returned to GWU, to obtain a master's in law from the George Washington University Law School.O'Dwyer is a member of the Sigma Delta Pi National Spanish Honorary Society, as well as a member and past International President of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. For his constant philanthropic contributions and endless work with numerous chapters of Kappa Sigma, he was honored in 2011 by its members when he was voted the "Man of the Year" - essentially the number one brother in the country. Among his other achievements are an honorary doctorate of philosophy from Dublin City University, which is the highest award given by the University. WorkO'Dwyer is the senior partner at O'Dwyer & Bernstien, a century-old litigation firm, focusing on personal injury and accident law, labor relations, employee benefits and general litigation. He oversees 18 attorneys in the firm, of which his father, Paul O'Dwyer, was a founder. The firm is located on Duane Street in the heart of Downtown, Manhattan, but deals with cases across the country. Lobbyist/causesO'Dwyer is known as a Democratic Party "stalwart." He considers the Democratic Party the party for the "poor and dispossessed."Immigration is high on his list for lobbying. He has received special citations from Governor Mario Cuomo at the New York City Council for his work with immigrant groups. As a son of Irish immigrants, O'Dwyer has been especially influential and active in America's Irish Community. He has been a guest of honor and an award recipient by the Irish Immigration Reform Movement; an award recipient of the Brehon Law Society, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and was selected Chief Brehon of the Coney Island Irish Fair. In 1998, he was the Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick's Day Parade, in Rockaway, N.Y. He has been very active in the growth of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center and is serving as the Chair of the Executive Board.O'Dwyer has been cited for his efforts on behalf of the people of Puerto Rico by the Governor of Puerto Rico and was made Honorary Grand Marshal of the Puerto Rican Parade in 1993. He has been chosen by "Irish America" magazine on numerous occasion as a member of the "Top 100" Irish in the United States. O'Dwyer is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award and the Outreach Project Annual Service Award 1994. In June 2012, O'Dwyer was honored as one of the top 25 Irish who have made a difference by Irish Voice Magazine. The award recognized him as one of the top leaders of the Irish Community in the New York area, and as someone who has had a significant positive impact in changing the community. The Irish Echo, the oldest Irish American Newspaper, has bestowed upon him 2013's Man of The Year Award.
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