Finely carved mahogany Empire sofa “aux dauphins”
attributed to Pierre-Antoine Bellangé
Pierre-Antoine Bellangé (1757–1827) was a French cabinetmaker working in Paris. Bellangé held an eminent position among the representatives of the decorative arts at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Suites of furniture by Bellangé were provided for many European courts including the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark. Examples of his work can be seen at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace in England.
In 1817 President James Monroe purchased a suite of furniture for the White House, which was made famous in Jacqueline Kennedy's TV tour of the White House. The furniture is in the Blue Room. He also produced furniture for Napoleon at Saint-Cloud, for the Tuilleries, Joséphine's Château de Malmaison, and also for his brother Joseph Bonaparte. Examples of his work can be seen at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace in England.