Friday, January 1, 1971

Nicolas Petit (1732-1791)

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Nicolas Petit
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Nicolas Petit (1732-1791), a French cabinetmaker nominated master in 1761.
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His estblishments at An Nom de Jésus, in Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, were extemly popular.
His stamp can be found on a large number of works that reveal his good taste and versatile talents. Early examples include splendid commodes in the curved shapes typical of the Louis XV style. One piece of this kind, richly decorated in floral marquetry, adorns the lbrary of the toxn of Versailles. Under Louis XVI, Nicolas Petit produced mainly pieces of furniture in solid wood, sometimes decorated with panels of lacquer, Sèvres porcelain or Florentine mosaics 
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Comte François de Salverte, Les ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle, édition de Nobele, Paris, 1962