"The Complete Works of Percier and Fontaine encapsulates the team's particular genius, an aesthetic mode first known as style rÃ©publicain but which became known as style Empire once it was adopted by NapolÃ©on and his extended family. The appropriately imperial volume-gold lettering on a jet-black dust jacket-gathers together all Percier and Fontaine designs that were published between 1798 and 1812, engravings of tea tables, boiseries, friezes, beds, and ceilings that ravished Europe's sensibilities as swiftly as NapolÃ©on's army invaded its countries..The 441-page book, part of Princeton Architectural Press's Classic Reprint Series and expertly scanned from originals, contains scores of engravings, beginning with Roman palaces and houses that the pair sketched on a youthful trip in the 1790s to a plan to revamp Paris's 17th-century Palais-Royal in 1829." - Architectural Digest Online
"The substantial and definitive tome pulls together four separate volumes, reproducing the pair's entire written output along with numerous extravagant illustrations. While a full appreciation of the monograph text requires reading knowledge of French, their vibrant images offer universal appeal."- Architect's Newspaper
"This luxurious volume gathers together all of Percier and Fontaine's designs that were published between the years 1798 and 1812, while he was in the service of Napoleon, during the Consulate and Empire. The influence of the design-duo, who were responsible for many of Napoleon's palaces and public monuments as well as for the decorations and costumes for the "Sacre" in 1804 [Napoleon's consecration ceremony as Emperor], went far beyond the French Empire, explains Professor Barry Bergdoll (of Columbia University) in his introduction to the collection."
"Three folio volumes and a final double folio (all dating from 1798 to 1838) are compressed here into a quarto with fine-grained detail intact. The volume is intended for historians, architects, and others involved in, or who enjoy, traditional design. The plans and elevations facilitate same-scale comparisons, and some oblique views offer insight. The book covers large and small post-antique palaces and churches in Rome and elsewhere in Italy, in France, and a few in Germany, Russia, and Spain. Percier and Fontaine are most noted as Napoleon's architects, and they created many precisely engraved interiors and furnishings for him and others of the era. Few survive today, so these original renderings are welcome. Also welcome are the complete original layouts of villas and urban complexes that have subsequently been mauled or truncated. Included are several colored plates, the original publications' information about the buildings, and a useful introduction by Barry Bergdoll (Columbia Univ.). The book joins the canonic three-volume Edifices de Rome moderne, by Percier's student Paul Letarouilly (1840; published in English translation by Princeton Architectural Press in 1984), which has more post-antique Roman buildings and more extensive details. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals."
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