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date: 11 December 2019

Lemarchand, Louis-Edouardlocked

(b Paris, Oct 9, 1795; d Paris, 1872).
  • Sarah Medlam

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(b Paris, Oct 9, 1795; d Paris, 1872).

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 ...

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