Paul-Louis MERGIER (1891-1986): Beautiful and rare enamel on copper: the Trincano Villa

 

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Paul-Louis MERGIER (1891-1986): Beautiful and rare enamel on copper plaque, signed on the back and untitled: "Paysage de Franche-Comté: La Maison Trincano", with original frame.

From the 30's

Enamel: 13 x 16 cm - 5 1/8 x 5 7/8 in
Frame: 22 x 25 cm - 8 5/8 x 9 7/8 in

Bibliography

Dominique & Marie-Cécile FOREST: La Dinanderie française 1900-1950. Paris. Les Editions de l'Amateur. 1996. See p.217-220.

Paul-Louis MERGIER (1891-1986):
Born in 1891 in Orthez, he entered the School of Aeronautic in Paris in 1909 to become an engineer. In a parallel, he followed the lessons of André LHOTE and Lucien MAGNE in the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers. Finally he settled as an antic-dealer in Paris, 226 Boulevard Raspail and created also furniture he sold to his clients, especially for one of the most famous, Jacques Doucet, for his studio in Neuilly.
Fascinated by mathematics (his father was a mathematic teacher), sciences and techniques, he learned painting, enamel, metal-ware, etc. and became a theorician, writing books and exhibiting his work at Salon d'Automne, Salon des Artistes Decorateurs and Salon des Tuileries since 1926.
From 1926 to 1930, he created metal-ware vases for Evolution and Arthur Goldscheider with mythological and Greek influence. He exhibited a big room -divider with the theme of Neptune at the Salon d'Automne of 1928, furniture at the Salon d'Automne of 1930. From 1935 to 1964, he realized with his wife around 500 enamels on copper, especially the facade of the perfumes shop Millot, avenue Victor-Emmanuel in Paris, in 1930, a big pannel 'Tristan & Iseut' a command from the town of Paris in 1933 and the doors of the bank 'Caisse d'Epargne' in Bruxelles in 1950. He realized also a big panel in 'cristoplem', a kind of plastic he invented, with the theme of Flora and Eos riding the chariot of the Aurora for the 1939 International exhibition in New York.
He died in 1986 at 95 years old.


Bibliography:
Paul-Louis MERGIER: Souvenirs en vrac d'un nonagénaire (1891-1981). Paris. Librairie C. Klincksieck. 1981.

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