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GUERET Brothers

Friday 18 December 2015, by Barbara Cogollos

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Console estampillée Guéret Frères
89 cm (hauteur) x 154 cm (longueur) x 54 cm (profondeur)

Gueret Denis-Désiré was born at Paris in the Val d’Oise in 1828. On March 9, 1872 he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor as a woodcarver. His brother Onesimus was also born at Paris in 1830. They both create in 1853 the company GUERET BROTHERS. In 1863 they opened a store at 5 boulevard de la Madeleine they keep until 1870. The same year they also settle at 216 rue La Fayette. Their workshop was already 7 rue Buffault.

They become quickly accustomed by the exhibitions where they are regularly rewarded for the quality of their work: in Brussels in 1856, in Bordeaux in 1859 and Besançon the following year in London in 1862 and in Vienna in 1873. At the Universal Exposition of 1867, they are especially honored for the improvement in the manufacture of carved furniture.

Like most French companies in the second half of the 19th century, GUERET BROTHERS based their creations on covers styles from the 18th century.

Since the Louis Philippe epoch, carved ornament has become increasingly important in furniture production, becoming in the years 1850-1870 an essential element in the composition of a cabinet. The sculptor had a special place in the manufacture and the design. Better considered, he is not content just to perform the task which was assigned to him, in fact, he also brought his touch and his sensitivity "artistic". The carved ornament then appeared in a production of series streamlined, providing real added value to economic and artistic furniture. The willingness of combine art and industry manufacturers flows from the requirement expressed by the customer to offer furniture to the limits of a work of art. Furniture of the factory GUERET BROTHERS demonstrate the variety of decorative expression of this trend. The sculpture is then magnified and becomes the main feature of the furniture. Executed with great finesse and a total mastery of the art, the furniture is both harmonious and delicate.

With their success, renowned customers use the expertise of the brothers: they furnish the M Bryce hotel at 4 Avenue Gabriel 75008 (living room furniture, dining room, bedroom, toillette and billiard room) they imagine lounge for the Duke of Omale, Napoleon III buys a basswood carved barometer at an Exhibition ...

One can admire their creations in many national and international museums: the Condé Museum in Chantilly, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, at Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London ... The brothers GUERET pieces have also been selected to fill the rooms of cabinetmaking creations from 1850 to 1880 the Orsay museum during its creation in 1970, like those of the great cabinetmakers DIEHL, Roudillon, Fourdinois ...

We can locate the console that is presented to us as a work performed by GUERET brothers between 1853 and 1870.

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