Friday, January 1, 1971

Nadal Family

..........
Nadal, a Parisian family of skilful makers.
.....
The oldest, Jean, had a flourishing business in Villeneuve around the middle of the 18th century. This master craftsman left his stamp on many pieces that belong to the height of the Louis XV style, such as a chair decorated with foliage and Rocaille motifs, owned by the Musée des Rats Décoratifs. Both two sons inherited his talents.
.....
Jean-René, known as Nadal l'Ainé, was born in 1733. After being received as a master on 22 September 1756, he settled in Rue de Cléry, at the Lion d'argent, where he ran a busy highly successful furniture workshop. During the reign of Louis XVI, he made pieces for the Royal Furniture Repository. After Jean-René Nadal retired, he lived in a country house he owned in Vilette. This craftsman marked his work with a stamp bearing his nickname "NADALLAINE". He is known for having made exceptionally fine pieces of furniture.
.....
Jean-Michel, known as Nadal le Jeune, the brother of Jean-René, was born in 1734. He obtained his title as master on 6 Febuary 1765. He too lived in Rue de Cléry. It was probably in the old family home where Jean-Michel considered himself as his father's successor because his pieces are signed with a similar inscription that bears the initial of his Christian name Jean, in front of his patronymic name. 
......
Comte François de Salverte, Les ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle, édition Nobele, Paris, 1962