BAURSCHEIT, Jan Peter van, the Elder
(b. 1669, Würmersdorf, d. 1728, Antwerpen)


Flemish sculptor, part of a family of sculptors and architects of German origin. He is listed in the 1691 records of the Guild of St Luke in Antwerp as a student of Petrus Scheemaekers the Elder, and in 1694-95 he was enrolled in the Guild as a master. His early work included numerous commissions for funerary monuments. For the Paris-van den Bruggen family, he carved the stone figure of St Peter Martyr (signed and dated 1700), which forms part of the series of Dominican saints in the choir of St Pauluskerk, Antwerp, where his marble Virgin of Sorrows (1702) for the monument to Pater Abraham van Greyn is also located. The imposing wall tomb of Pieter Ferdinand Roose, Baron van Boechout has a marble figure of Time flanked by marble relief portrait medallions. The stone monument to the Borckhoven-Pemans family (c. 1708; Antwerp, St Jacobskerk) includes a life-size Ecce homo.

Baurscheit's skill as a portraitist is also evident in his marble busts of Jan van Brouchoven, Count of Bergeyck (c. 1702-6; private collection) and of Philip V of Spain (signed and dated 1700; Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp).

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