Friday, January 1, 1971

Antoine Robert Gaurdeux (b.1680-d.1751)

Antoine-Robert Gaurdeux
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Antoine-Robert Gaudereaux (1680-1751), famous Cabinetmaker to the King.
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He was not only attached to the Royal Furniture Repository but also worked for the Superintendant of Buildings, contibuting to the interior decoration of the Royal Library and the Tuileries Palace. He lived in Rue Princedde where he was active untile the end of his life.
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Unfortunately, like many other cabinetmakers of his generation, Gaudereaux neglected to sign his works. This explains why only two pieces have been clearly identified as having been made by him. These tow examples are nevertheless sufficient to justify his fame. The first is the well known coin-cabinet of Louis XV, now in the National Library. The second is a superb commode that is part of the Wallace Collection in London. 
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Comte François de Salverte, Les ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle, Paris, 1962