SCHEEMAEKERS, Petrus the Elder
(b. 1652, Antwerpen, d. 1714, Arendonk)


Flemish sculptor, part of a family of sculptors. His mother was the sister of the sculptor Peeter Verbrugghen (1615-1686), to whom Scheemaeckers was apprenticed in 1661-62. At 22 he became a master sculptor in the Guild of St Luke in Antwerp, becoming its dean from 1699-1700. Among his early works was the impressive marble funeral monument to the governor of Breda K. F. Salm-Salm (d 1676) in the church of Ste Catherine at Hoogstraten near Turnhout.