Guillaume Benneman

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Guillaume Benneman was the chief ébéniste to Louis XIV and Marie-Antoinette from 1786 to 1792, producing many fine pieces for the Royal Chateaux at Versailles and Fontainebleau under the directorship of Jean Hauré until 1788 and later under Thierry de Ville d'Avray. Benneman was influential in introducing a more disciplined neoclassical approach to furniture design with emphasis on pure outlines and architectural references that were to predominate under the Consulat and Empire.

Makers Bibliography:

Kjellberg, Pierre (1998), Mobilier Français du XVIIIe Siécle, Les Editions De L'Amateur, Paris; p. 57.

Nicolay, Jean (1982), L'Art et la Manière des Maîtres Ébénistes Français au XVIIIe Siècle, Éditions Pygmalion, Paris; p. 49.

Meuvret, J. (1963), French Cabinet Makers of the Eighteenth Century, New York, Librairie Hachette; p. 309.

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