Friday, January 1, 1971

Charles Topino (1725-1789)

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Charles Topino
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Charles Topino (1725-1789), established himself in 1745. He was an independent worker for a long time before becoming a master on July 1773.
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He lived in Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, successfully making luxury furniture, which he lined with melted copper. His clients were members of the French and foreign aristocracy, including the Marquis de Graville who brought a "chiffonière à la félicité", rising to an indented top, with three drawers, the last one serving as a bookrest. But he worked mainly for traders, supplying the cabinetmakers Migeon, Denizot, Moreau, Delorme and others.
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He went bankrupt on December 21st, 1789 as a result of the upheavels caused by the Revolution.
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The cabinetmaker left his mark on pieces of furniture made with taste, which frequently stood out more for their elegant aspect than for their fine workmanship. The State collections have one of his mahogany commodes, now in the Palace of Fontainebleau. 
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Comte François de Salverte, Les ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle, édition Nobele, Paris, 1962.