Michel-Joseph-Napoléon Liénard (1810 – 1879) was one of the most influential French designers of the nineteenth century. Liénard carried out schemes of carving for palaces, cathedrals and public buildings throughout France, including the celebrated restoration of the Château de Blois where he worked with the architect Félix Duban (1798-1870) from 1845, with whom he would again work on the restoration of the Louvre in 1849. Later in his career, Liénard moved to working with the best-known craftsmen and ébénistes of the day - supplying them with designs for armour, jewellery and furniture. He participated in many of the international exhibitions. However his name was often overshadowed by that of the people responsible for making the pieces and only recently has his importance been established. Indeed in 1851 this cabinet was described as 'The cabinet by Ringuet-Leprince is of high merit' (Ex. Cat., Exhibition 1851 Reports by the Juries, London, 1852. pp. 1622). Examples of his work are in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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