A member of a family of scientific instrument makers, he was active in Paris between 1730 and 1760. His workshop—run together with his father Pierre (fl. 1698-1750) and his uncle Jacques (fl. 1714-1762)—was located in Quai de l'Horloge. Pierre jr. made sundials as well as surveying, mathematical and drawing instruments. He also built instruments for the Académie des Sciences.