Léonard Boudin (1735 - 1804)


Léonard Boudin, 1735-1804, got the Cabinet Maker’s Mastership in 1761.<br><br>He used to work as an employee in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine (the cabinet makers’ district in Paris) when a famous cabinet maker Migeon asked him to realize furniture pieces in marquetry of flowers and in lacquer in the manner of China for the marquess de Castelmore, the knight d’Arc and monsieur d’Azincourt.<br>Having amassed some fortune, he settled rue Traversière (after rue Saint-Nicolas).<br><br>As soon as 1770, the Dolphin’s Almanac (Almanach du Dauphin) distinguished him as a first rate craftsman.<br>Orders were flowing to his workshop from a great number of fashionable dealers, which prompted him to open himself a new shop in the city centre.<br>He changed several times of localization and the announcement of his change of address informed the public that he was selling all kinds of furniture “in the newest taste” as well as bronzes, chandeliers and exotic curiosities.<br><br>Being unable to fulfil the commissions he received, he applied to many of his colleagues.<br>He became one of the main merchants of Paris; he had given an example of intelligence and energy and showed an inmate Art feeling.<br>“One can mention among the many pieces which reached us and which attest of his taste refinement and distinguish by their beautiful outlines with… secretaries opening with slides.”<br><br>Boudin used to stamp the furniture he made himself as well as the pieces he restored or which were made by subcontractors colleagues for his account.<br>In 1775, he worked for the duchesse d’Arenberg and it is known that in 1777, he purveyed Gilles Joubert (the royal Garde-Meuble purveyor) with a desk for the comte de Provence (Louis XVI’s brother) at Fontainebleau castle.