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JA N S E N

9 RUE ROYALE, C. 1922

Rudelle, Henri Samuel, Gaston Schwartz, Jean Travers, Pierre Valéry, and Vandries. Its most important employees were Stéphane Boudin (1888–1967) and Pierre Delbée (1900–1974), two of the most influential tastemakers of the 20th century. Boudin ruled Jansen from 1936 to 1961, as its president, and his name was virtually interchangeable with the firm’s. He established the recognizable Jansen look: a skillful and seemingly impossible melding of 18th-century French palace historicism, 1920s Hollywood theatrics, and country house subtleties. The firm’s extraordinary ateliers, or workshops, produced magnificent woodwork, furniture, and metalwork—and also restored antiques—for the company’s projects. It was an unrivaled group of talents. Gilt bronze, mirrored glass, forged iron, lacquer, Lucite,

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and many other materials, natural and manmade, were used to make both one-of-a-kind and limited-production pieces, most of them intended for a specific client’s house or for purchase through the many incarnations of the Jansen boutique. The firm’s best-known creations included gilt-bronze occasional tables topped with sheets of mirror and an oblong dining table mounted on castors, its gunmetal legs ornamented with rings of brass to mimic bamboo. Jansen’s clients also relied on the firm to provide 18th-century furniture and art objects. The rue Royale headquarters was the site of the company’s first antiques gallery, but at least one other followed by 1920. From these galleries came richly veneered writing tables by Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806), rare sets of tapestries from the workshop of Gaspard van der Borght,

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