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Jean-Baptiste I Tilliard (1686-1766, maître 1717) and his son Jean-Baptiste II (1723-1797, maître 1752) are widely considered two of the most talented menuisiers of the 18th century, the father active for the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne during the 1730s, and delivering in 1737-1739 seat furniture for the King and Queen at Versailles, thus contributing to the emergence of a mature rocaille. The Tilliards’ other patrons included the Marquise de Soubise, the Marquise de Pompadour, and several marchands-merciers, with Jean-Baptiste II becoming a favourite of Madame Victoire and Madame Elisabeth. Upon his retirement in 1764 his son, Jacques Jean-Baptiste took over the atelier, maintaining his father’s stamp, until the Revolution.
In its Louis XV expression, the Tilliards' oeuvre is distinguished by the high quality of the construction and a carving that is never too flamboyant. Signature elements include the motif of a heart inscribed in a cartouche. Notable pieces are housed in museum throughout the world, and include an ottomane veilleuse at the Metropolitan Museum, New York (1982.60.72) and another day bed at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (W.5:1,2-1956). One lit à la turque attributed to Tilliard is now in the Getty Museum (86.DA.535).
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