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The Beurdeley family were a flourishing dynasty of three generations of fine quality cabinetmakers working from 1818 to 1895. The firm was particularly well known for its exceptional metalwork, most commonly basing their designs on important eighteenth century examples. Their mercurial gilding and hand chasing are often of such a high standard that it is difficult to distinguish them from late eighteenth century work.


The founder of the dynasty Jean Beurdeley (1772-1853) was a Burgundian craftsman conscripted into the Napoleonic army. After hostilities ended in 1815 he settled in Paris opening a shop for curiosités and working as a latter day marchand-mercier. Initially based on the rue Saint-Honoré, in 1840 Beurdeley moved to the famous Hanover Pavilion situated on the corner of rue Louis-Legrand and boulevard des Italiens, and the business was run by his only surviving son, Louis-Auguste-Alfred (1808-1882). This successful business, which had numerous official commissions including in 1853 the marriage coffer for the Empress Eugénie, was continued by Louis' son, Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis (1847-1919).


The business continued in its traditional style with very few variations until 1895. Alfred, along with the most famous artists of the period, took part in the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle, where he won the gold medal. Following on from this glory he went on to open a shop in New York.


His participation in the 1883 Amsterdam Universal Exhibition drew even further attention to his work, and possibly as a result he was awarded the Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur, France's highest official mark of recognition.


The incredible quality of each generations work ranked the firm of Beurdeley as pre-eminent amongst Parisian makers of meubles de luxe.


Makers Bibliography:


Ledoux - Lebard, Denise, Les Ébénistes du XIXe Siècle, Editions de L'Amateur, (Paris); 1984 pp. 75-82.


Mestdagh, Camille & Lécoules, Peter, L'Ameublement d'Art Français, 1850-1900, Editions de L'Amateur, (Paris); 2010 pp.262-276.


Meyer, Jonathan, Great Exhibitions - London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors' Club, (Woodbridge, UK) 1984 ; pps. 175, 247, 269, 270, 290, 298.

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BEURDELEY MAISON
A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Cartel Clock
A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Cartel Clock, by Beurdeley. Surmounted by a ribbon tied globe the gilt-bronze case of this fine cartel cloc...
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A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Vitrine
A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Vitrine, By Alfred Louis Beurdeley. This fine mahogany vitrine has a gilt-bronze galleried t...
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A Fine Pair of Candelabra by Beurdeley, after François Rémond
A Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Seven-Light Candelabra by Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis Beurdeley, after the model by François Rémond supplied...
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A Very Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Wall Appliqués
A Very Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Five-Light Wall Appliqués after the Model by Pierre Phillipe Thomire for the château de Saint-Clo...
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An Exceptional Quality Pair of Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze and Enamel Four-Light Ca...
An Exceptional Quality Pair of Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze and Enamel Four-Light Candelabra, After the Model by Pierre Gouthière, by Alfred-Emmanuel-...
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An Important Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze and Lacquer Veneered Commode, In the Man...
An Important Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze and Lacquer Veneered Commode in the Manner of BVRB. This exceptional commode has superb gilt bronze mo...
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Kingwood & ormolu Louis XVI style Encrier
Kingwood & ormolu Louis XVI style Encrier by Beurdeley, Paris: the rococo style foliate mount with twin rocaille scrolling candle branches and thr...
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