Charles Boit (1662 - 1727)Charles Boit (10 August 1662, in Stockholm - 6 February 1727, in Paris) was a Swedish painter in vitreous enamels who mostly worked in England, Austria and France.
Boit was born in a Huguenot family in Stockholm, the son of a merchant who was also master of the royal indoor tennis court. He became a goldsmith's apprentice at the age of fifteen. After qualifying as a journeyman in 1682, he went to Paris for three months before returning to Sweden, settling in Gothenburg and getting married. According to Swedish art historian Gunnar W. Lundberg, he probably studied in Sweden with Pierre Signac, who had come from France in the mid-17th century and served as court enameller to Queen Christina.
In 1699 Boit left England for Holland and Düsseldorf, where he produced work for the family of the Elector Palatine, and continued to Vienna. Boit returned to England in 1704, and was to continue in his path of success for a few more years.