Viollet-le-Duc and Notre Dame Cathedral

A renowned professional specializing in antiques from the 17th through 19th centuries, Carlton Hobbs performs as the owner and director of Carlton Hobbs, LLC, an international antiques dealer. In managing his business, he partners with Stefanie Rinza, a Harvard Business School graduate. In addition to providing fine objects for clients, the company owns a research department that is dedicated to the ongoing study of antiques.

A recent discovery by the Carlton Hobbs team is the design drawing by Eugene Viollet-le-Duc of a large carpet. Viollet-le-Duc , who lived from 1814 to 1879, began his life as a designer, architect, and art historian by traveling throughout Italy and France to study the great works of art. Following this period, he became part of a broader aesthetic movement that developed ornamental features in architecture and is today recognized as one of the most influential architects of 19th century France.

Reflecting his influence, Viollet-le-Duc was selected to restore Notre Dame cathedral, a massive project that took up the remainder of his life. His plans survive as drawings published in the “Chapelles de Notre Dame de Paris,” which includes a design for the beautiful ornate carpet mentioned above. Only two carpets were made in the style laid out in the book, one presently in Notre Dame cathedral and another recently displayed at Carlton Hobbs’ booth 271, TEFAF Maastricht.

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