October 27th Sale at Sotheby's to offer selection from BRAQUENIE - A HISTORY OF FRENCH DECOR At the Galerie Charpentier, Sotheby's will offer a number of tapestries, gouache and watercolour plans, sketches of tapestries, chair upholstery, rugs and furniture from Braquenie.
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - At the Galerie Charpentier, Sotheby's will offer a number of tapestries, gouache and watercolour plans, sketches of tapestries, chair upholstery, rugs and furniture from Braquenié. Around 300 lots, to be sold without reserve, will illustrate the history of French décor and attest to the richness of taste and comfort in the late 19th century adopted by châteaux and large residences throughout the world.
LA MAISON BRAQUENIÉ
Founded at the beginning of the 19th century, a period during which France had established itself in the domain of the decorative arts, Braquenié was able to create a universe of matching rugs and fabrics for the most prestigious décors. In 1821, Pierre-Antoine Demy and his wife took over the family business and set up in rue Vivienne in Paris where they assembled the most beautiful collections of rugs and tapestries in the capital. The business was successful from the start and in 1830, was named by King Louis-Philippe as "silk fabric merchant to the King". Ten years later, it acquired the "atelier de Paris" in Aubusson and then implemented a policy of creating exclusive models which was to make it famous.
In the middle of the 19th century, the house, now in partnership with Alexandre Braquenié, offered everything flourishing society could want: the Empress Eugénie and Napoléon III, Duc Pozzo di Borgo, the Marquess de la Païva and the Rothschild family all became loyal clients. Official orders flooded in: a rug was woven for the Palais du Luxembourg, another for Notre Dame de Paris and for the Vatican. Its reputation extended beyond the borders of France, with the courts of Spain, Italy and Russia and Sultan Said, the pasha of Egypt, ordering their décors from Braquenié. Prestigious orders continued to be the mainstay of the business during the 19th century, for example those completed for the liner "Normandie" and replicas of historic décors, notably for the Grand Trianon.
Right from the very beginning, Braquenié always blended tradition and innovation, associating reproductions of forgotten designs with orders from a number of new designers. It has regularly worked in partnership with contemporary artists, the most famous of which were Picart-Le-Doux, Saint-Saëns and Lurçat.
In 1991, the company "Pierre Frey" bought this living cultural heritage. Respectful of the glorious past of the old established house, it has preserved its soul while bringing it into the 21st century. In 2003, Patrick Frey created a department responsible for bringing together and reorganising all the archives relating to the history of Braquenié. Its mission is to preserve this varied inheritance enriched with designs and acquisitions, to propose new sources of inspiration to the Group's design bureaux and offer clients and interior decorators a customised service. Today, Braquenié concentrates on the textile trades (silk, prints and weaves) and custom made rugs, and has entrusted Sotheby's with the dispersion of part of its tapestry related documentation. Braquenié has chosen to carefully conserve its textile archives and will continue to add to them.