Friday, January 1, 1971

Claude-Charles (1735-1807)

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Claude-Charles Saunier
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Claude-Charles (1735-1807), the son and grandson of journeymen in the trade, received the title of master when he was eighteen years old, on July 31st, 1752. However, he did not register it until November 1765, when he suceeded his father with whom he had worked until then.
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He retained the same workshop in Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine. The renown of this firm grew under his derection. A man of invention and taste, Claude-Charles Saunier distinguished himself by the brilliant quality of his works, which he marked with a stamp. The oldest pieces still belong to the Louis XV style, an example being a precious desk embellished with painted porcelain.
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Saunier's worshop was particuraly active during the reign of Louis XVI. The production of this period stands out less for its singularity than for its hramonious and discreet elegance. The National Furniture Repository has tow examples that are now in the Palace of Fontainebleau : a commode with a very pure outline and a side table with curved sides. These types of furniture, used as sideboards, were one of his specialities.
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Even the Revolution could not stop the career of this artist who continued to work under the Directoire in Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine.
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Comte François de Salverte, Les ébénistes du XVIIIe siècle, édition Nobele, Paris, 1962