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Charles Percier

Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions

Jean-Philippe Garric (Editor), Thierry Sarmant (Contributions by), Vincent Cochet (Contributions by), Letizia Tedeschi (Contributions by), Pascal Liévaux (Contributions by), Vincent Droguet (Contributions by), Iris Moon (Contributions by), Jean-François Bédard (Contributions by), Jean-François Belhoste (Contributions by), Anne Dion-Tenenbaum (Contributions by), Charlotte Duvette (Contributions by), Christophe Beyeler (Contributions by)


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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. 

Praise For Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions

Winner of the 2017 Alice Award from Furthermore grants in publishing, a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.
— The Alice

Yale University Press, 9780300221589, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 17, 2017

About the Author

Jean-Philippe Garric is professor of architecture at the University of Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne.