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ROBERT RICHARD (worked from c.1740) Full Bio

A Very Rare Louis XVI Period Serinette or Bird Organ Music Box

ROBERT RICHARD (worked from c.1740) Full Bio

A Very Rare Louis XVI Period Serinette or Bird Organ Music Box

REF No. B73322

France, Circa 1775

H   21 cm | 8 in
W   34 cm | 13 in
D   24 cm | 9 in

With a label for ' RICHARD - maitre facteur d’orgues et mécanicien / Rue de richelieu à la bibliothèque Du Roy / Paris 1775'.

Robert Richard was a Parisian organ and harpsichord maker and the mécanicien du roi to Louis XV and Louis XVI and was based in the Bibliothèque du Roi in rue de Richelieu.

Initially working alongside the Cliquot family who acted as 'facteur d'orgue du Roi', he is recorded as building an organ for the church of Notre-Dame de Quebec, in Montreal in 1753 (destroyed in 1759) and as the inventor of a mechanical concert shown in an engraving by d'Eisen in 1769.

Canon Jean Marie De La Corne described Robert Richard as : ''Le plus habile ouvrier de paris, fameux mechanitien et homme de probité''.

Pierre Kjellberg, The French Furniture of the XVIIIth Century, The Editions of the Amateur, 2008
Count Francois de Salverte, Cabinetmakers of the eighteenth century, Editions of Art and History, 1934
Raymond Russell, Victoria and Albert Museum Catalogue of Musical Instruments, Volume I - Keyboard Instruments,(London, 1968; p. 69.
Elizabeth Miller and Hilary Young, eds., The Arts of Living. Europe 1600-1815, V&A Publishing, 2015; illustrated p. 169.

Artist Biography

Robert Richard was a Parisian organ and harpsichord maker and the mécanicien du roi to Louis XV and Louis XVI and was based in the Bibliothèque du Roi in rue de Richelieu.

Initially working alongside the Cliquot family who acted as 'facteur d'orgue du Roi', he is recorded as building an organ for the church of Notre-Dame de Quebec, in Montreal in 1753 (destroyed in 1759) and as the inventor of a mechanical concert shown in an engraving by d'Eisen in 1769.

Canon Jean Marie De La Corne described Robert Richard as : ''Le plus habile ouvrier de paris, fameux mechanitien et homme de probité''.

Literature

Pierre Kjellberg, The French Furniture of the XVIIIth Century, The Editions of the Amateur, 2008
Count Francois de Salverte, Cabinetmakers of the eighteenth century, Editions of Art and History, 1934
Raymond Russell, Victoria and Albert Museum Catalogue of Musical Instruments, Volume I - Keyboard Instruments,(London, 1968; p. 69.
Elizabeth Miller and Hilary Young, eds., The Arts of Living. Europe 1600-1815, V&A Publishing, 2015; illustrated p. 169.

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