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French Furniture Makers
French Furniture Makers
The Art of the Ébéniste from Louis XIV to the Revolution
Alexandre Pradère

J. Paul Getty Museum
444 pages, 9 7/8 x 12 1/8 inches
180 color and 320 b/w illustrations
ISBN 978-0-89236-183-0
hardcover, Out of Stock  


The eighteenth century in France saw the production of the world's most spectacular furniture. Curiously, there has been no major illustrated reference book for the general reader on this subject for decades.

An extensive introduction explains the organization and historical background of furniture makers of the period, traces the evolution of style and taste, and explores the roles of both architects and designers. Pradère concludes with a study of contemporary dealers and public auctions at the end of the eighteenth century.

Presented in chronological order, a comprehensive assessment is made of the sixty principal furniture makers between the beginning of the reign of Louis XIV in 1660 and the French Revolution. All are Parisian, including Boulle and his sons, who executed commissions for the French royal family.

The book is extensively illustrated with nearly five hundred photographs and concludes with a glossary of technical terms and a list of makers' marks reproduced in their actual size.

For sale in North America only.

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