Friday, January 1, 1971

Fam Migeon (b.1701)

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Fam Migeon
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Three representatives of this family, grandfather, father and son, were master cabinetmakers and dealers during the XVIIIth century. They all had the same first name: Pierre. The first was born sometime between 1670 and 1675. A Calvinist, he married a woman of the same religion about 1700, Judith Mesureur, widow of the cabinetmaker François Collet. Assisted by his wife, he ran a sizeable firm in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine on the rue de Charenton, opposite the Dames Anglaises convent, in a house where his son and grandson subsequently lived. One of his trade books, now at the Bibliothèque Nationale, shows that he manufactured all types of everyday and luxury furniture. 
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Pierre II, his son and successor, was even more renowned than his father. Born in 1701, he married a young lady by the name of Orry or Horry who bore him a single son and died in 1734. Five years after, he set himself up as a furniture manufacturer and dealer on the rue de Charenton, opposite the Dames Anglaises convent. At this point he was already reasonably prosperous and owned the building in which he worked. The archives of the Seine possess a large ledger written in his hand, in which he mentioned, from this period, on all payments made to his suppliers, their addresses, often with a list of their works and sometimes the names of customers who had placed an order with him. 
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Starting in 1740, he worked for the Menus-Plaisir and the Royal Furniture Repository, supplying Madame de Pompadour, the prince of Soubise and the chancellors of Aguesseau. Migeon obtained his stock from more than 250 craftsmen, among them Jacques Dubois, Criaed, Canabas, R.V.L.C., Mondon and Macret.
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Comte François de Salverte. Les Ebénistes du XVIII° siècle. Les Editions d’art et d’histoire. Paris, 1953.