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François-Désiré Froment-Meurice

(1802—1855)


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(b1802; d1855). French silversmith and jeweller. The pieces that he exhibited at the Paris Industrial Exhibitions of 1839 and 1844 made him the most celebrated silversmith in France. He worked in a variety of styles, notably Renaissance Revival, but also produced distinguished Gothic Revival and Rococo-style pieces. His most famous creation is the Toilette of the Duchess of Parma (1845-51), which consists of a dressing-table with mirror, candelabra, ewer and basin and jewellery caskets; the toilette was lost in 1864 and rediscovered in 1981, and is now in the Musée d’Orsay. Froment-Meurice was succeeded by his son Emile (1837-1913), who produced work of high quality until the late 1890s.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.


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