Martin-Guillaume Biennais


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(b Lacochère, Orne, 29 April 1764; d Paris, 26 March 1843). French cabinetmaker and silversmith. By 1789 Biennais had established himself at 283, Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris, as a cabinetmaker and tabletier (a dealer in and maker of small objects). After 1797 he expanded his business to include the manufacture of silver. During the Consulate, Biennais became Napoleon's personal silversmith, although he may have provided Napoleon with silver as early as 1798, when it is said that he supplied him with a nécessaire de voyage prior to his Egyptian campaign (1798-1801) and trusted him to pay for it on his return.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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