Bizey, Charles Joseph [Bizet]
- Tula Giannini
(fl Paris, 1716–c1758). French maker of woodwind instruments. He was admitted into the Communautés d’arts et métier de la ville et fauxbourgs de Paris (Paris community of master makers) in 1716 for which he served as juré compatible (‘expert responsible’). In 1721 he supplied two oboes to the Munich court. By 1734 he was located at rue Mazarine, Saint Sulpice; in that year he served as an ‘expert’ in the valuing of the instruments and tools of the maker Antoine Delerablée, successor to the Naust workshop. By 1746 his workshop address was rue Dauphine, St André des Arts. A document of ‘obligation’ dated 18 April of that year shows that Bizey was owed 515 livres for money and merchandise supplied to Nicolas Hannès Desjardins, oboist to the King's chamber.
Bizey was part of a network of makers who were linked by family and professional ties: he married three times (although he remained childless), each time to relations of his apprentice, the Parisian maker Paul Villars (Anne Simonne Villars, Elizabeth Simonne Chalopet and Anne Marguerite Chalopet). Bizey was also the first of a ‘dynasty’ of woodwind makers that continued at the rue Daulphine until ...