French Fantasies Come to Life: The Designs of Charles Percier

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Charles Percier, Design for a Bedroom Metropolitan Museum of Art

Charles Percier was a French neoclassical architect and designer known for his bold and dramatic interiors.  He championed the Empire style and worked as the official architect to the Emperor Napoleon along with his contemporary Pierre-François Léonard Fontaine.  His Arc du Carrousel can still be seen at the entrance of the Tuileries Garden in Paris.

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Charles Percier, Design for Coronation Box at Reims Cathedral Metropolitan Museum of Art

Percier’s designs for furniture and for entire interior schemes are a triumph of Empire design.  While his completed designs are meticulously detailed and expressive, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has a rare album of Percier’s designs that shows his unfinished preparatory sketches and ideas: a real insight into his mind as a designer.

Have a look below at a few pages from the album.

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Design Album of Charles Percier Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Design Album of Charles Percier Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Design Album of Charles Percier Metropolitan Museum of Art

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