Paris Furniture The Luxury Market of the 19th Century

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Christopher Payne

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9782903824990
Hardback
Editions Monelle Hayot
Territory: World
Size: 280 mm x 240 mm
Pages: 608
Illustrations: 1,250 colour, 250 b&w

RRP £165.00

  • At the core of this book is a survey of over one hundred Paris-based firms, amongst which Sormani, Baguès, Barbedienne, Christofle, Lièvre, Viardot, Dasson, Grohé, Sauvrezy, Fourdinois, Beurdeley and Linke
  • The author lifts the veil on lesser-known makers such as Mazaroz and Ternisien et Dantant, and reveals important new discoveries about firms that have been all but forgotten for the last century
  • Draws on the author's extensive knowledge of nineteenth-century furniture to describe each maker's particular style and elucidate any characteristic techniques or materials that may help with an understanding of the work and future attribution
  • Includes an innovative chapter that analyses the background of the high quality copies of Ancien Régime furniture made by the upper echelon of the Paris luxury trade, bringing this important social and cultural development into the limelight for the first time

Despite the upheavals of the first decades of the nineteenth century, Paris soon recovered its position as a leading centre for furniture and design in Europe, a position that was to grow and strengthen as the century progressed. Encouraged by royal and imperial regimes, exhibited at the great international fairs, and collected by international aristocrats, bankers and newly wealthy industrialists, Paris furniture by the second half of the century had once again become synonymous with luxury and exquisite craftsmanship.

Furniture makers drew their inspiration from a vast array of historical periods and cultural sources to create new and exciting designs that both appealed to the eclectic tastes of the nineteenth-century amateur and yet suited the demands for comfort and convenience of the luxury consumer. Building on the generations of skills and techniques that had characterised French furniture during the years of the Ancien Régime, contemporary makers exploited technological advances and new materials to produce some of the most creative and inventive pieces ever made, often surpassing the quality achieved by previous generations.

Christopher Payne's 45-year career in the Decorative Arts spans both the commercial and the academic worlds coupled with a deep knowledge and understanding of the practical side of furniture making and conservation. After reading law, Christopher started his career at Sotheby's where he stayed for 25 years, becoming a Senior Auctioneer and a Director of the Furniture Department with responsibilities for furniture, works of art, clocks and sculpture. At Sotheby's Christopher was working at the very centre of the art world, advising international collectors on both buying and selling, building up collections, giving restoration advice and insurance valuations as well as teaching post-graduate students at the Sotheby's Institute. Private clients have enjoyed his lectures at the Buccleuch Studies and tours of many of Great Britain's country houses. He personally helped the late Earl of Carnarvon furnish part of Highclere Castle, the location for the highly acclaimed ITV television series Downton Abbey and has been a member of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow team for over thirty years. He continues his work as an independent consultant advising top-level private clients and lecturing both in the United Kingdom and internationally, including China.