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Gouache, gilt and silvered embossed pewter foil on a cardboard support

Inscribed below the view:

“Vüe du Palais Bourbon execute sur le tour par compigné tablettier du roy”

Height: 23.5 cm. (9 ¼ in.) Width: 32 cm. (12 ½ in.)

coMPArATiVe liTerATure

Anita Semail, ‘les « compignés » et leurs créateurs’, Plaisir de France, no. 427 (March 1975), pp.


Compigné, peintre et tabletier du Roy, exh. cat. grasse, Villa Musée Fragonard, June-July 1991.


A tabletier selling games boards and other small works in ivory and tortoiseshell privileged by the

court of louis XV, Thomas compigné also made precious paintings, notably views of landscapes,

ports, and princely and royal residences. in 1766 his tableaux were described thus:

"Here painting is united with sculpture, on a ground of tortoiseshell or an amalgam composed of

coloured gold. From close-up, from afar, in daylight or when lit, these tableaux achieve their great

effect through the mixture, the assortment and the transparency of the colours that the artist knows how to employ."

in 1777 l’Almanach Dauphin listed the principal merchants and craftsmen of France, presenting compigné, tabletier du roi, as one of the most famous, and continued:

"This skilful artist has recently made snuffboxes en camaieu worked on the lathe, on which are carved in relief views of landscapes and châteaux, these according to

designs which are supplied to him as models."

of a rare freshness, what is exceptional about this view is that it retains its inscription and original border.

An early louiS XVi view of the palais Bourbon by Thomas COMPIGNE – circA 1775

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