The House of Odiot was founded in 1690.
Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot (1763-1850) ws considered master
silversmith and cabinetmaker.
He was given many commissions by Emperor Napoleon Bonapart, for himself and his family.
Odiot was a member of a prominent family of silversmiths active from the early 18th century,
becoming a "master" in 1785.
The only surviving work by him dating from before the French Revolution (1789–95) is a coffee urn
(Monticello, VA, Jefferson Found.) designed and commissioned by Thomas Jefferson.
Odiot's career as a silversmith essentially began in
1802 when he was awarded a gold medal in the third Exposition de l'Industrie in Paris.
He executed a travelling service (c. 1795–1809) for Napoleon and
a large table service (1798–1809; Munich, Residenz) for Maximilian I of Bavaria (1756–1825).
Odiot's major work dates from c. 1809 after the bankruptcy of the silversmith Henri AUGUSTE,
whose models, tools and designs he purchased.
Odiot's most complex work was a set of dressing-table furniture made for Empress Marie Louise in 1810
(destroyed 1832), and the cradle for the King of Rome (1811; Vienna, Schatzkam.;
for illustration see PERCIER, CHARLES)
made in collaboration with Thomireto a design by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon.
Odiot produced table services for Russian clients,
including one for a member of the Demidov family (c. 1817; untraced),
and others for the courts of Poland and Naples (c. 1819).
His tableware in the Empire style includes large-scale,
sculptural tureens and bowls supported by fully modeled, classical figures
The profiles and surfaces of his vessels are plain and smooth
and are usually decorated with applied cast figural elements.
In 1823 Odiot exhibited tableware in the Rococo Revival style after 18th-century originals.
He retired in 1827, leaving the firm to his son, Charles Odiot d 1869),
who also worked in the Rococo Revival style.