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(b 1721; d Paris, 8 Dec 1798). French cabinetmaker. He was an independent workman before becoming a maître-ébéniste on 2 April 1767. His known works are all in the Neo-classical style, in both its architectural and arabesque forms. He specialized in Boulle marquetry. Under the direction of the marchand-mercier Claude-François Julliot (1727-94), he produced such rare masterpieces using brass and tortoiseshell as the Comte de Luc's secrétaire (Windsor Castle, Berks, Royal Col.) and the commode (Versailles, Château) for the Comte d’Artois. He repaired many pieces of furniture by André-Charles Boulle, and made several pieces in the same style, sometimes using designs by the cabinetmaker Alexandre Jean Oppenord (1639-1715) and Boulle (e.g. book-cabinet; London, Wallace). During the reign of Louis XVI (reg 1774-92) he produced some beautiful works decorated with lacquer and in veneers of mahogany and citrus-wood, many of which were acquired, through the marchand-merciers Darnault and Dominique Daguerre (fl 1772; d 1796), by the Garde Meuble de la Couronne and by Mesdames Adelaïde and Victoire, daughters of Louis XV.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

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