French Furniture Makers. The Art of the Ebeniste from Louis XIV to the Revolution

French Furniture Makers. The Art of the Ebeniste from Louis XIV to the Revolution
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Alexandre Pradere.

London. Sotheby's Publications by Philip Wilson Publishers. 1989. English language edition. Hardback, dust jacket. 444 pages. 530 illustrations in colour and monochrome. 320 x 260mm (12½ x 10¼"). 3kg. English. Fine.

From 1660 until the Revolution the French ébénistes was producing the finest pieces of furniture, displaying unparalleled virtuosity in their use of woods and techniques. This is the definitive book on this great period of French furniture-making. Over sixty of the principal makers are featured, with extensive details of their careers, clients and output. These include Boulle, Gaudreaus, Latz, Joseph, the Oebens, Carlin, Riesener and many more. The author uses much archival material and illustrations, including details and drawings. The book finishes with glossaries of woods and key French terms, and a detailed list of all identified ébénistes of the period.