Louis Delanois


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(b 1731; d 1792). French chair-maker who became a maître in Paris in 1761. He built furniture for many royal and aristocratic clients, including King Stanisław II Augustus Poniatowski of Poland and the Prince de Condé. In 1768 Pierre-Marie-Gaspard Grimod (soon to become Comte d’Orsay) bought the ôtel de Chaulnes, otherwise known as Clermont (now 69 Rue de Varenne), in Paris, which he redecorated and furnished in the Neo-classical style; Delanois supplied the first Neo-classical seat furniture (untraced) to come from his workshop. In 1770 Delanois was commissioned to build the furniture for what is now known as the Pavillon du Barry in the grounds of the Château of Louveciennes. In 1777 sold his business and became a speculator in real estate; he became bankrupt in 1790.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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