Patrick Damiaens

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Patrick Damiaens
Born (1966-11-15) 15 November 1966 (age 57)
Years active1989-today
AwardsGold Honour Badge of Labour

Patrick Damiaens (born 15 November 1966) is a Belgian woodcarver who specialises in baroque ornamental and heraldic sculptures.[1]


After studying furniture making for six years and ornamental woodcarving for four years, Damiaens started his professional career in 1989.[1] He is a follower of the Liège-Aachen Baroque furniture style [fr; nl; de] which dates to the 17th century.[2][3] His studio is located in Maaseik in the Belgian province of Limburg.[4]

In 2015, he was commissioned to recreate intricate woodcarvings for prayer frames that had been stolen from Emperor Napoleon III's tomb in St Michael's Abbey in Farnborough.[5]

In March 2015, he received the Belgian Gold Honour Badge of Labour by Royal Decree.[6]

Case against Zara Home[edit]

In 2017, a judge ruled that Zara Home Belgium which is part of the Spanish multinational Inditex had used one of Patrick Damiaens's heraldic wood carvings designs as inspiration for a candle they sold. They were ordered to pay damages to Damiaens for plagiarism and the candles were taken off the market.[7][8][9][10][11]

Recovery of stolen coat of arms[edit]

In 2016, Damiaens discovered and helped to return the stolen carving of Sir Nicholas Throckmorton's coat of arms that was taken from his tomb in St Katharine Cree[12][13] by alerting Art Recovery International of his find in a Namur antique fair.[14]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Patrick Damiaens SHA". Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  2. ^ "Pearls of Craftsmanship Leden". Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  3. ^ astrokeofgenius2014 (2015-05-18). "CARVING A NICHE – PATRICK DAMIAENS, ORNAMENTAL WOODCARVER". A Stroke of Genius. Retrieved 2020-05-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Book Manufactum | Interview with Ornamental woodcarver Patrick Damiaens". Issuu. December 2014. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  5. ^ "Flemish wood carver recreates relics stolen from English abbey | Flanders Today". Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  6. ^ a b "Docent Patrick Damiaens ontvangt Gouden Medaille Eliten der Arbeid". SYNTRA Limburg (in Dutch). 3 January 2019. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  7. ^ "Zara Home co-opts design by Flemish artisan | Flanders Today". Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  8. ^ Bradshaw, Lisa (2017). "Belgian artisan wins Zara plagiarism court case". The Bulletin.
  9. ^ "Limburgse houtsnijder dwingt Zara op de knieën". Het Laatste Nieuws. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  10. ^ "Vlaamse houtsnijder dwingt modeketen Zara op de knieën". Het Nieuwsblad Mobile (in Flemish). 4 July 2017. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  11. ^ Nederlandstalige Rechtbank van Koophandel Brussel Read online
  12. ^ Denzil (2017-01-05). "Belgian woodcarver discovers stolen English coat of arms". Discovering Belgium. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  13. ^ "The stolen 16th Century coat of arms at Coughton Court". National Trust. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  14. ^ "Historic City church reunited with long-lost carving". Diocese of London. 2016-12-23. Retrieved 2020-05-18.

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