Monday, May 7, 2012

Decorative Parquetry at the 19th Century Lyon, France.

Relative recently I’ve made an interesting discovery: a set of images with decorative parquet borders in the 19th century France. Lyon residence. Why interesting? Because I haven’t seen this type of product in France. Not at that age. I was used to see different types of panels (panneaux in French) but no this design borders.

The owner of the images – Mr. Martin Loyer, le photographe – allowed me to publish them inside an article.

A few details on the building:
1.Dates from the end of the 18th century beginning of the 19th
2.Part of a large improvement project made by architect Soufflot
3.Initially there were Versailles panels but the owner changed it for a more modern parquet – at the beginning of the 19th century
4.Parquetry is made of Oak (blackened), Walnut, Sycamore and Mahogany
5.It was installed on the old backing strips (called “lambourdes” in French)
6.It seems they kept the backing strips at the same distance and this was too big for the new parquetry causing damage with time.

The technical data was provided by Daniel Daminot, a cabinet maker in Lyon, France who worked for restoring it.

Interesting is Mr. Daminot said there are another 4 places in Lyon with the same parquetry.

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Parquetry Borders and Panels in Lyon, France - Images: