François-Antoine VASSÉ (Toulon, 1681 - Paris, 1736)
François-Antoine Vassé was a sculptor, and received his initial artistic training at the Arsenal in his native town of Toulon, the premier French naval port. This was an experience that eventually gained him an appointment as dessinateur général de la Marine in 1715, with responsibility for the design and decoration of the interiors of the most important ships of the French Navy. In 1723 he was agrée at the Académie Royale. Vassé worked at Versailles, the Tuileries and Notre-Dame in Paris, and at the Hôtel de Toulouse, formerly the Hôtel de La Vrillière.