Antoine Robert Gaudreaus Louis XV's Cabinetmaker
Antoine Robert Gaudreaus (ca. 1680-1746) learned his trade in the heart of the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, where he received drawing lessons just like the sculptors and painters. He was awarded the title of master cabinetmaker in 1708 and settled in the Faubourg Saint-Germain. Protected by the House of Condé, he obtained the title of Queen's cabinetmaker in 1725 and was, until his death, the main supplier of cabinetry to the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne. A great master of 18th century French cabinetmaking, he made the chest of drawers for the King's bedroom at Choisy for Louis XV, as well as the medallion cabinet and the library in the King's study at Versailles.
Conceived in collaboration with two restorers, this unpublished monograph is the most comprehensive study to date of this exceptional cabinetmaker.
512 pages / 679 illustrations