Friday, January 1, 1971

Pierre Roussel (b.1723)

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Pierre Roussel
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Pierre Roussel was born in Paris in 1723, the son of a journeyman cabinetmaker. He was named master on August 21, 1745, became a juror for his guild in 1762, a deputy in 1777, deputy syndic in 1779 and head syndic the following year. He practiced his trade on the rue de Charenton, opposite the rue Saint-Nicolas, below the image of Saint Peter, his patron. After relatively humble beginnings, he succeeding in greatly enlarging his business and became a famous cabinetmaker (one of the leading craftsmen in his profession in the capital). His productions where as numerous as they were varied and showed an extremely fertile imagination and very sure talent: the most diverse types of furniture were handled with equal skill. He received commissions from the prince of Condé for the Palais Bourbon and the Chantilly château. When he died, his widow took over the management of his firm, aided by her two sons, Pierre-Michel, who became a master on August 28, 1766 and Pierre “the Younger,” named master on August 13, 1771.