The workshop that initially employed fifteen assis­tants in the 1770s employed more than twenty-four in 1779. and up to forty before the Revolution (certain eye-witnesses even speak of three hundred). Its pro­duction was vast. It is more accurately to be called a manufactory than a workshop, as it was organized on an industrial rather than […]


1735-1807; MAS TER 1752 B orn into a family of ebenistes established in the rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine. Saunier obtained his mastership very early but did not register it until 1765 when he took over the family workshop in which he had previously been working. He kept this workshop in the rue du Faubourg Saint […]


MASTER 1766 T his ebeniste was probably of Scandinavian extraction. On 26 March 1766 he became a master in Paris, where he was active for vir­tually the next twenty years. He settled at La Main d’Or in the rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine. The fur­niture bearing his stamp is in the Transitional style and dates from […]


c. 1730-85: MASTER 1766 Born probably around 1730. in the principality of Baden, Martin Carlin was the son of Trouper (Carlin, carpenter in Fribourg-en – Brisgau. Nothing is known of his apprenticeship or when he came to Paris, except that by 1759 he was set­tled there in the company of other C ierman and Flem­ish […]


1729-1807; MASTER 1764 J ean – Francois Leleu was born in Paris and was first apprenticed in the workshop of Jean-Fran<jois Oeben at the Arsenal. When the latter died in 1763. Leleu. aged thirty-four, seems to have wished to take over the workshop, but was supplanted by his younger colleague Riesener. who eventually married Oeben’s […]


MASTER 1774 This ebeniste was active until at least 1790. working in the rue du Faubourg-Saint – /ntoine. His work, which is very distinctive, usually takes the form of light pieces of furniture, tables and bonhcurs-du-jour with marquetry in a loz­enge pattern, the centres decorated with a florcttc. The woods used, satinwood, and stained maplewood, […]