Friday, January 1, 1971

Beurdeley Family

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Beurdeley Family
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Louis-August-Alfred (1808-1882), son of Jean and Marie-Antoinette Roguier.
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In 1840, he took over the paternel business and moved the shop to Rue Louis-Legrand, in the Hanover Pavilion that his father had just purchased. In addition to sellingfurniture, objets d'art and paintings, he set up a furniture restoration workshop, which became the starting point for his furniture production and boosted his father's small business.
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He specialised in making furniture inspired by the 18th century, especially the Louis XVI style. Thanks to the high standard of his workmanship, he soon became the most famous cabinetmaker in Paris in this field of specialisation. He had an exquisite taste and acquired an extremely remarkable knowledge of the different styles. The Duc de Nemours Was one of his clients during the reign of Louis-Philippe, and he later supplied Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie.
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He participated in the Universal Exhibitions of 1855 and enjoyed considerable success. In 1867, he presented a series of furniture in the Louis XVI style and won Gold Medal. He handed over the business to his son in 1875.
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Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis (1847-1919), son of Louis-Auguste-Alfred, became his assistant and then his successor in 1875. He kept the Hanover Pavilion, were he lived, and set up his workshops at Nos. 20 and 24, Dautancourt.
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As he was astute enough to hire skilled craftsmen, the business continued to prosper. He specialised in luxury furniture, faithfully copied from fine old pieces belonging to the National Furniture Repository. He excelled in this discipline aven though he only produced a few pieces.
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He participated successfully in international exhibition in 1878, as well as the one in Amsterdam in 1883, and won the Gold Medal.
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Following difficulties in his private life, he closed down his workshops in 1895 and sold his collections. A passionate collector and lover like his father, he retired to his mansion in Rue de Clichy, where he again put together a notable collection of paintings, drawings and engravings. Denise Ledoux Lébard, Les ébénistes du XIXe siècle, Les éditions de l'amateur, Paris, 1965