Friday, January 1, 1971

Etienne Levasseur (b.1721- 1798 d.)

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Etienne Levasseur
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Etienne Levasseur, born in 1721, was among the leading cabinet-makers of his time. After working with one of the sons of André-Charles Boulle, known as Boulle de Sève, he established himself as a skilled craftsman, under the patronage of the king, at the Cadran Bleu in Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine. After marrying a daughter of the cabinet-maker Nicolas Marchand, he became a master on 2 April 1767.
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During the reign of Louis XVI, Levasseur devoted part of his time copying and repairing marquetry which was once again in vogue. The knowledge he acquired from the descendants of the great artist enabled him to excel in this field. He also reproduced precious pieces in lacquer, mahogany and satinwood inlaid with amaranth. His talents were used by the Court which asked him to make furniture for the Château of Versailles and the one at Saint-Cloud. In 1782, his colleagues elected him as deputy or councillor of the community. He does not seem to have exercised these functions after the Revolution but continued to live in Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, where he passed away on 8 December 1798 at the age of 77. 
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Comte François de Salverte 
Les Ebénistes du XVIII° siècle.