Friday, January 1, 1971

Charles Guillaume Diehl (b.1811- d.1885)


Charles Guillaume Diehl
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Charles Guillaume Diehl was born in Steibach (Hesse) in 1811. He set up his business in Paris at 170 rue Saint-Martin in 1840 to produce small pieces of furniture such as sewing tables. He married Zoé-Philippine Vavasseur, who bore him a son who died in 1842.
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He was listed for the first time in the 1850 Trade Almanach. In 1855, he participated in the Universal Exposition where he obtained a bronze medal.
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Between 1855 and 1885 he opened cabinetmaking factories at 16, then 21 and lastly 19 rue Michel-le-Comte in Paris. His workshops, located at 39 rue Saint-Sébastien in Paris, employed over 600 people in 1870. To give some idea of his production, his delivery to the Industrial Arts Exhibition in Paris in 1861 can be cited. It included: “A Louis XIII drawing room table, with marquetry in natural wood; a console in black wood and plain bronze with its beveled mirror; a porcelain jardiniere with three columns with three bronze dogs and bronze birds above; an arborvitae jardiniere with three hoofed feet; a pedestal table with two columns and a porcelain plaque; a writing case in arborvitae and bronze… A cellarette with marquetry in the Chinese genre with crystal ornaments; a cupboard in rosewood and porcelain; a cupboard in black wood with marble mosaic panels; a table in black wood with mother-of-pearl and colored copper marquetry.” At the 1867 Universal Exposition, Diehl was awarded a silver medal in the fancy goods category for the originality of his caskets in all styles. The medal cabinet that he presented that year is one of the pieces of furniture most often cited and reproduced at the period. He exhibited it in 1873 at the Universal Exposition of Vienna and obtained a medal of progress.
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Diehl became a naturalized French citizen in 1872. He was out of competition in 1878 and died circa 1885.