Friday, January 1, 1971

Denis Louis Ancellet

Denis Louis Ancellet
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Denis Louis Ancellet, initially a free craftsman, was named master in Paris on December 3, 1766 and was deputy or councillor of his guild in the last years of the ancien régime. After living on the rue de Charenton until about 1780, he transferred his firm to the rue Saint-Nicolas. He focused quite successfully on fashioning works of art, but especially produced standard pieces that dealers bought from him in great number. His talents were used in the service of the king. In the spring of 1791, when Louis XVI made the decision to go to Saint-Cloud and have the château repaired to receive the court, this cabinetmaker received a commission from the Royal Furniture Repository for about 60 works that were worth a total of 3,109 livres. The mark of this master craftsman is found on precious furniture in solid mahogany and in narrow-band marquetry, among which are several handsome console tables.
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D.L. Ancellet was a competent craftsman who seems to have never gotten involved in the manufacture of exceptional furniture. Almost all his production, to our knowledge, consisted of carefully treated mahogany furniture whose style was somewhat cold and dry: writing tables, bouillotte tables and commodes. He also made small chests and console tables. His specialty, however was card tables. He practiced very little marquetry except for sober inlays of narrow bands or discreet motifs.
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Comte François de Salverte. Les Ebénistes du XVIII° siècle. Les Editions d’art et d’histoire. Paris, 1953.Jean Nicolay. L’Art et la manière des maîtres ébénistes français au XVIII° siècle. Guy le Prat - Editeur. Paris, 1956.