DIDEROT, Denis. Menuisier en Meubles (Cabinet Making) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 7 Paris (1769)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 12 pages of descriptive text & 20 loose plates with their accompanying 3 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 20 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Menuisier en Meubles from volume VII of plates. Plates are numbered 1-20.
1 page (244) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) including Droits incorporels
1 page (1036) from volume IV of the Encyclopédie (1754) including information on Discussion des meubles avant les immeubles
1 page (31) from volume V of the Encyclopédie (1755) including Les meubles & droits mobiliers suivent le domicile
2 pages (311 & 813) from volume VI of the Encyclopédie (1756) including Meubles exploitables & non exploitables and Diverses observations sur les effets mobiliers
3 pages (422, 510 & 512) from volume VII of the Encyclopédie (1757) including Formalités au moyen desquelles un héritage étoit réputé meuble, Garde-meuble and Gardien des meubles
1 page (164) from volume VIII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Héritier des meubles & acquêts
2 pages (474-475) from volume X of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Les meubles en général
1 page (599) from volume XV of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Succession des meubles & acquêts
With some browning to a few leaves.
With attractive depictions of all sorts of French furniture from this period, perhaps the greatest of furniture design and manufacture, these plates are a visual delight. Headed by a busy and realistic studio scene, this suite of plates details not only the finished articles but charts the various parts, joints and dowels used. Each component of each item is examined, down to the smallest detail of the finials. All items are explored, from stools to the armoire and the various styles of bed. A record of 18th-century French furniture design, these plates give an excellent overview of the art of cabinet-making.