Monday, August 4, 2014

The woodwork (boiserie) of the Chinese cabinet of the hôtel du duc de Richelieu 1730


The hôtel du duc de Richelieu  in Place Royale (now Place des Vosges) housed in the eighteenth century a bureau whose walls were completely covered with carved, polychromed and lacquered designs of Chinese inspiration, illustrating the pronounced taste of the West at that time for « chinoiserie » picturesque subjects depicting the panorama of an imaginary Orient.




Over door with fishing scenes from the hotel of the Duc de Richelieu. Carpentry: Julien-Gabriel and Pierre Maillard Gaye. Sculpture: Roumier François and Louis Regnier. Lacquer: Hécquan Gilles Guillaume Martin or Justin Moyrin. Paris, 1731.



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