1780 · Paris
Provenance: Edmund L. Lincoln (bookplate)
Very rare and influential work by one of the most successful interior designers of the Louis XVI style.
Lalonde was a French ornamental designer who worked as part of the team of designers and architects in the Menus Plaisirs in 1760 and then the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne. In the organization of the French royal household under the Ancien Régime, these departments were responsible for, respectively, the preparations for ceremonies, events and festivities, and the order, upkeep, storage and repair of all of the furniture and art in the royal palaces. Lalonde also designed furniture with prominent cabinet makers such as Guillaume Benneman and Joseph Stöckel and published influential sets of designs. His works were published sequentially and then gathered in the present work. The present work is particularly notable for its rich detail and shows designs for the interior decoration of apartments for the use of painting and sculpture as ornaments and furniture. The plates are divided into sets of six plates each (referred to as "cahiers"), and the detailed engravings depict furniture, including frames, furniture legs, tables, beds, armchairs, consoles, borders, candelabras, vases, mantelpieces, and goldsmith's work, including various dining tools, bowls, and pots. (Inventory #: 39827)