Of German origin, and son of a carpenter, Jean André Artzt came to Paris under Louis XVI. Of Protestant religion, he obtained letters of mastery on July 22, 1785 and practiced on Saint-Nicolas. He married Marie Hoffmann, the daughter of a sculptor from Strasbourg. He seems to have practiced on the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, but he does not seem to be there anymore just after the Revolution. He signed his furniture and marquetry works J.A. Artzt.