Jean-Philippe Garric, editor
Named a 2016 50 Books | 50 Covers award winner by the AIGA, the professional association for design.
Handsomely designed and richly illustrated, this publication surveys the magnificent spectrum of projects undertaken by French architect and interior designer Charles Percier (1764–1838). After gaining an illustrious reputation for supervising the scenery at the Paris Opéra during the French Revolution, Percier was later appointed by Napoleon Bonaparte. With the Emperor’s support, he developed the opulent versions of neoclassicism closely associated with the Napoleonic era, and now known as Directoire style and Empire style. Percier worked on the renovation or redecoration of many of France’s royal palaces, including the Louvre, the Tuileries, and the chateaux of Malmaison, Saint-Cloud, and Fontainebleau. The full scope and variety of Percier’s design projects are revealed in this book, which also includes archival material detailing Percier’s relationships with patrons and peers.
Jean-Philippe Garric is professor of architecture at the University of Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne.
Table of Contents
Government and the Arts in France, 1789-1848
The Schools of Percier
The Atelier of Isabey
The Roman Sojourn
Letter to John Flaxman, November 1791
The Château de Fontainebleau
The Abbey of Saint-Denis, 1936
The Musée des Monuments Français
Architect of the Book
Graphic Art as Matrix
Percier under the Loupe
Documenting the Recueil de Décorations Intérieures
The Italian Edition of the Recueil
The Livre du Sacre
Percier and François Honoré Georges Jacob-Desmalter
A Scrapbook from Percier's Workshop
Designs for the Manufactories and the Garde-Meuble
Two Tureens and Their Variations
The Synthesis of Architecture and Decor
Percier and the Imperial Court
Josephine's Boudoir, Château de Saint-Cloud
The Louvre and the Tuileries
The Arcades on the Rue de Rivoli
The Rhetoric of Unbuilt Architectures
About the Authors
304 pages, 228 color + 20 b/w illus.
Paper over board