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Le Juste Milieu: Alexandre Sandier, Theming, and Eclecticism in French Interiors of the Nineteenth Century

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Abstract:

This article examines the work of the architect and decorator Alexandre Sandier (1843–1916) in the context of French interior decorating advice manuals and pattern books of Third Republic France. Following the innovations in interior decor popularized through such media, and encouraged by a new understanding of the petit salon's and the boudoir's proper decoration, Sandier replaced the traditional forms and themes of history with new, refreshing, and never-before-seen interior design combinations. His designs for private interiors occupied an intermediate position between eclectic and themed interior decor that critics labeled the “juste milieu” of interior decoration.

Keywords: ALEXANDRE SANDIER; BOUDOIR DECORATION; ECLECTICISM; INTERIOR DECORATION; LE STYLE FANTAISIE; LE STYLE MODERN; PETIT SALON DECORATION; THEMING

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/10.2752/204191211X13116005651910

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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