A 19th Century French Architectural Bookcase
A 19th Century French Architectural Bookcase

A 19th Century French Architectural Bookcase

c. 1830 France

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A fine architectural bookcase in mahogany, the upper section with a cornice of Vitruvian scrolls and applied classical mouldings to the door supports, the whole on a base decorated with similar mouldings and enclosing two cupboards. Both sections wood block stamped 'Lemarchand - Paris' (see illustration).


French cabinetmaker. He was the son of Charles-Joseph Lemarchand... (1759–1826), a cabinetmaker of repute in Paris during the Empire period. He first studied architecture but in 1813 entered the military academy at Saint Cyr. He was a strong supporter of Napoleon and was later awarded the Légion d’honneur. After the Battle of Waterloo (1815) he returned to Paris to take over his father’s firm. In 1846 he entered into a partnership with André Lemoyne and retired in 1852, although the firm continued under Lemoyne until 1893. Lemarchand became official cabinetmaker to both Charles X and Louis-Philippe, supplying furniture for at least five royal palaces. Furniture from these commissions includes bookcases in Boulle marquetry (Versailles, Château) and two consoles (1838; Versailles, Grand Trianon). He showed his wares at the Exposition des Produits de l’Industrie of 1844 in Paris but in general he seems to have shunned this method of publicity and to have dealt successfully with a large private clientele. He continued to produce his furniture in the Empire style, a taste that clearly accorded with his political preferences. The craftsmanship of his work remained high and dating can be difficult, although after 1820 a preference for lighter-coloured woods is evident. An album of his designs is in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and some of his designs were published by Pierre La Mésangère in Collection de meubles et objets de goût between 1802 and 1835. His most famous work was the ebony coffin (Paris, Invalides) ordered by the government in 1840 for the ashes of Napoleon when they were brought back from St Helena.
Height 98.50 inch (250.19 cm)
Width 51.50 inch (130.81 cm)
Depth 22.75 inch (57.78 cm)
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