Among sculptors, François Duquesnoy was copied by many Dutch or German artists or by Bouchardon in France.
Bernini was copied by Pierre Puget, Legros or Stefano Moderno. Meanwhile,16th or 17th Century enamel works from Limoges were copied by a 20th Century French artist who did not hesitate to add on his pieces the initials JL of Jean Laudin, one of the great 17th Century masters.
18th CENTURY COPIES
Nicolas Largillière, a famous portrait painter, was copied by his nephew Jacob van Schuppen while Hyacinthe Rigaud, his main rival, had many assistants to meet the demands of his patrons. His aides were notably Nattier, Gaspard Rigaud, Bailleul, Parrocel, Levrac-Tournières, de Launay, Leclerc and Ranc.
François Desportes often imitated Jan Fyt and Snyders. His son Claude and his nephew Nicolas copied his works quite often.
When Antoine Watteau first came to Paris he first worked as a copyist for a modest painter. He also painted numerous works representing Saint Nicholas before meeting Claude Gillot whom he imitated much in turn.
Watteau also copied works by Teniers and Rubens as well as drawings by Titian, Veronese, van Venne, Metsu, Rembrandt or Guido Reni.
Watteau himself had several imitators such as Jean-Baptiste Pater, Nicolas Lancret, Amigoni, C. Audran, Louis Autreau, Pieter Angellis and Bonaventura de Bar.
Meanwhile, J. B. Bernard, F. J. Chantereau, C.W.E. Dietrich, J. F. Lemoyne, Michel Ollivier, M. A. Houasse, Huet, Etienne Jeaurat, F. C. Janneck, P.A. Quillard, F. Octavien, André Portail and Philippe Mercier also copied Watteau while Antoine Pesne opened a studio, in fact rather a kind of factory, to produce paintings after that master.