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date: 21 August 2019

Topino, Charleslocked

(b Paris, 1742; d Paris, Dec 13, 1803).

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(b Paris, 1742; d Paris, Dec 13, 1803).

French cabinetmaker. He was the son of a Parisian cabinetmaker and was an independent workman before becoming a maître-ébéniste on 14 July 1773. He specialized in marquetry, in particular Chinese-style figures, trophies, still-lifes and flower garlands (e.g. Baltimore, MD, Mus. A.). He also used veneers embellished with bronze mounts depicting such subjects as vases on a terrace or children playing with a cat (e.g. New York, Met.). He was also a dealer in ready-made marquetry motifs. He produced very few pieces of furniture, preferring to buy them from colleagues, decorate them and then sell them to the most famous cabinetmakers or marchand-merciers. A large number of small and prettily decorated pieces of furniture bear his signature (e.g. New York, Met.; Cincinnati, OH, A. Mus.; Detroit, MI, Inst. A.). He was declared bankrupt in 1789.

J. Viaux: Bibliographie du meuble (Mobilier civil français), 2 vols (Paris, 1966–88) G. de Bellaigue: ‘Charles Topino (1742–1803)’, ‘Möbelkunst und Luxusmarkt im 18. Jahrhundert’, ...

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