Yesterday’s post, featuring Michael Smith‘s latest masterpiece, inspired me to research the firm responsible for the breathtakingly beautiful boiserie in the dining room and the exacting reproduction of 18th century Chinese lacquer panels in the study (both pictured below). Founded in 1875, the French firm Feau & Cie craft and restore large scale decorative woodwork in the pure French 18th century style. Known worldwide for their extensive collection of historical documents and examples of decorative woodwork, their projects include collaborations with outstanding architects and designers from New York to Tokyo. Their attention to detail is truly unimaginable…enjoy!
below, photos and resources from Architectural Digest, photography by Pieter Estersohn
below, the dining room of a Michael Smith designed Manhattan home ~ Feau & Cie, the renowned French paneling specialists, replicated icing white 18th century style boiserie they had originally made for Maison Jansen in the 1960s.
below, the study of a Michael Smith designed Manhattan home ~ inspired by Coco Chanel’s famous Paris apartment, Smith and his clients discovered 18th century Chinese lacquer panels similar to Chanel’s Coromandel screens on one of their shopping trips and had Feau & Cie reproduce two more to match.
below, photos and resources from Feau & Cie, reconstruction of original Empire decorative wood work
below, creation of an Empire Room
below, creation of a Neoclassical room
below, creation of a Louis XVI style room
below, detail of very finely carved oak decorative paneling from the Regency period, painted white and gold, the motifs represent the Fables of La Fontaine
below, panel for over a door, extremely rare Louis XVI decorative woodwork, La Berrain style
below, spectacular portal from the 17th century
below, detail of the pediment of a decorative paneling carved and gilded on a white background, from the Louis XVI period
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