Friday, January 1, 1971

Louis Delanois (b.1731- 1792)


Louis Delanois
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This famous Parisian cabinetmaker, born in 1731, is also known by the name of LANOIS.
Louis Delanois earned a master in 1761, the sophistication, elegance and originality of his productions attracted important merchants and well-known personalities, such as the Prince de Beauvau and the Comte d'Orsay.
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He was one of the main suppliers for Madame du Barry for whom he started to furnish her apartments in the Château de Fontainebleau at the beginning of her rise to a position of power, and then later her apartments in Versailles and the Pavillon de Louveciennes.
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A few years later, after the coronation of Louis XVI, he made the trone of the King and a ceremonial seat for the Queen. He also supplied several pieces of furniture to the Prince de Condé for the palais Bourbon and the Château de Chantilly.
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Louis Delanois made furniture in the Louis XV and then neo-classical styles, and he was one of first cabinetmakers to produce chairs with tapering and fluted legs. His chairs are wide and spacious. He made many low fireside chairs and wing chairs.
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Delanois acquired an excellent financial situation and owned a lot of property. However, he was ruined by the Revolution and he passed away in 1792 shortly after the catastrophe.
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Comte François de Salverte, Les ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle, Nobele-éditeur, Paris, 1962