Friday, January 1, 1971

Pierre-Antoine Bellange (circa 1760 -1844)

Pierre-Antoine Bellange

He was probably born around 1760 and died in 1844; He held an eminent position among the representatives of industrial art at the beginning of the XIXth century. He became a master cabinetmaker in 1788. He established himself to producing furniture frames and seats.
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He made an unusual three-backed bed for the Comte de Cars, with a rich ornamentation of scrolls and shells. This proves that the "modern taste", with developed during the reign of Louis XV, continued to be popular until the end of the Ancien Regime.
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During the Revolution, when Bellangé was short of work, he broadened the area of his activities and decided to undertake all types of cabinet making. His business consequently flourished after the turmoil.
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At the end of 1811, he became a licensed cabinetmaker for the Imperiel Garde Meuble, Bellangé retained the same functions under the reign of Louis XVIII, during which he furnished the Pavillon de saint-Ouen. Charles X assigned him to the Directorate General of thr Crown Furniture, and Louis Philippe appointed him as "Cabinetmaker of the King", a title he kept until his death.
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This cabinetmaker does not appear to have made it a habit of signing his furniture. To date, his stamp has only been found on a rather small number of mahogany chairs.
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Comte François de Salverte, Les ébénistes du XVIIIème siècle, Nobele-éditeur, Paris, 1962