Jean-François Bony


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(b 1754; d 1825). French painter and designer of textiles and embroideries. He trained with Philippe de Lasalle and went on to become one of the most celebrated designers of textiles and embroidery for Lyons silk manufacturers. His clients included the Empress Josephine, for whom he designed the furniture fabics at Malmaison (near Paris), and the Empress Marie Louise, for whom he designed a coronation robe. His work in every medium is chiefly remarkable for its flowers. It is sometimes difficult to attribute work with confidence to Bony or de Lasalle; the silk wallpaper for Marie-Antoinette's bedroom in Versailles (of which some is now in the Musée Historiques des Tissus in Lyon), for example, could be by either artist.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.