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FrenchBorn Jean CHARDIN

French jeweller and traveller

Born on November 16, 1643 in Paris, France , France

Died on January 05, 1713 in Chiswick, London, England

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Chardin was born into a Protestant family. His father, a wealthy jeweller, gave him a good education and trained him in the jewellery trade. But instead of settling down in the family profession, the young Chardin set out with a Lyon merchant named Antoine Raisin in 1664 for Persia and India, partly on business and partly to gratify his own wanderlust. After a successful journey, during which he had received the patronage of the Safavid monarch Shah Abbas II, who died in 1666 and his son Safi Mirza succeeded him first as Shah Safi II then as Shah Suleiman I. Chardin returned to France in 1670. The following year, he published an account of Le Couronnement de Soleïmaan (English translation: The Coronation of Shah Soleiman).

Chardin found, however, that his Protestant faith cut him off from all hope of honors or advancement in his native France, and so he set out again for Persia in August 1671. This second journey was much more adventurous than the first. Instead of going directly to his destination, he passed by Smyrna, Constantinople, the Crimea, Caucasia and Georgia, and he did not reach Isfahan till June 1673. After four years spent travelling in Persia, he again visited India, and returned to Europe by the Cape of Good Hope in 1680 (see Emerson, Encyclo. Iranica).


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