The founder of the circus dynasty Gautier, Jean Baptiste Gautier (1758-1823), from Faucon in Avignon, was exhibiting a menagerie together with his wife Rose Louise de Lefevre, daughter Victoiare, the sons Jean Leonard (Baptiste), Joseph and Didier, and his assistant Mr Antoni Agazzi, who married Gautiers daughter Victoiare 1805.
1779: Gautier bought an asian elephant in London, which he exhibited in Preussia, Poland, Russia and Finland.
Jean Baptiste Gautier toured with the asian elephant, Vervet monkeys, parrots, dogs, and a trained horse from St. Petersburg to Finland in 1804, then in September 1804 to Sweden 1804-1807, from May 1807 in Denmark and after this to Germany.
The son Didier Gautier returned with a circus to Sweden in 1830, and became a Swedish citizen. In 1831 he was granted permission to build a permanent circus building on Djurgården in Stockholm. The builing took fire later, and was rebuilt as present Djurgårdscircus. In 1869 Didi Gautier sold his circus Didier Gautiers menagerie to Adèle Houcke.
But Didis brother Jean Leonard (Baptiste) had a son, Jean-Baptiste (1841-1915) who had 10 sons, the son Leonard (1866-1955) started circus Leonard Gautier in Denmark 1900, and some of his sons started in Sweden Cirkus Bröderna Gautier (Gautiers Bros circus).
One of the broters, Louis (Lulu, 1887-1949), was rider and animal trainer and came with Hagenbecks Circus to Sweden in 1945, engaged by Trolle Rhodins Zoo Circus. Lulus daughter Ingeborg Gautier (born 1929) married Trolle Rhodin, who also hired Hagenbecks Circus elephants and their trainer Hugo Schmitt in 1945. Trolle and Ingeborgs daughter Diana Rhodin presented two african elephants from 1980 to 2002, when one of the elephants died. The second elephant died in 2009, as Swedens only circus elephant, some 200 years after the first elephants was exhibited in Sweden.
Lulus son Axel Gautier(1887-1949), went as assistant to Hugo Schmitt to Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Baileys Circus in 1947, when they bought the elephants from Hagenbecks Circus. Axel Gautier remained with the Ringling show to replace Hugo Schmitt in 1970, and was in charge of the Blue Unit's elephant herd through 1989.