(b 1706; d 1776). French chairmaker. For 40 years he ran a family workshop in Paris, supplying huge numbers of chairs (in one year 468 chairs and 135 armchairs) to the court. He eventually became the royal furniture-maker (menuisier du garde-meuble du roi), and was the creator of the Louis XVI style of chairs. As furniture for the crown was not marked, there are sometimes difficulties of attruibution, but at least one set of chairs at Versailles is known to have come from his workshop, and the Musée du Louvre has at least two of his chairs.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.