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Carlhian records, 1867-1988.

Carlhian (Firm).

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  • Title:
    Carlhian records, 1867-1988.
  • Author/Creator: Carlhian (Firm).
  • Creation Date: 1867-1988.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: In 1867 Anatole Carlhian and his brother-in-law, Albert Dujardin-Beaumetz, founded an export commission business called Carlhian & Beaumetz in Paris. When the partners died they left the business to Anatole Carlhian's sons, Paul and André. Encouraged by Joseph Duveen (one of the firm's major clients), the Carlhians had by 1914 turned the firm into a major decorating business, with workshops for painting, wallpapers, woodwork (boiserie) and cabinetmaking. In 1930 the firm became the Société Carlhian. In 1953 André Carlhian continued as an antique dealer and his two sons, Robert and Michel, founded the Société R.& M. Carlhian to continue interior design and decoration. In 1975 the business was liquidated.
  • Arrangement: Arranged in twelve series: Series I. Photographic documentation, 1894-1964, undated; Series II. Stock books, circa 1901-1975; Series III. Order books, 1908-1976; Series IV. Debit books, 1883-1974; Series V. Other accounting books and papers, 1867-1977; Series VI. Correspondence, 1887-1980; Series VII. Carlhian of Paris (New York), 1910-1963, undated; Series VIII. Plans and drawings, 1893-1980, undated; Series IX. Fabric samples, 1920-1960, undated; Series X. Documentation for boiseries, 1913-1988, undated; Series XI. Documentation for scenic wallpaper, circa 1920-1974, undated; Series XII. Miscellaneous, 1901-1966, undated.
  • Physical Desc.: 1331.62 linear ft. (837 boxes, 627 flat file folders, 86 rolls).
  • Summary: The Carlhian archive represents over a century of the operations of the Paris-based decorating firm and dealer from its foundation in 1867 to 1975, when it ceased its activities. It includes ledgers, stock books, business records, correspondence, photographs, fabric samples, blueprints, and furniture designs that record the firm's operations in Paris, and their branches in Buenos Aires, Cannes, London, and New York. In New York, the Carlhian firm initially worked closely with Duveen, often for the same clients, such as the Wideners. Correspondence with clients, dealers, workshops, and between branches document the day-to-day operations of the business. Photographs and drawings trace the designs for the interiors of houses and offices in the United States, Europe and Latin America, including the cities of Newport, R.I., New York, Havana, Cannes, London, and Paris. They provide a detailed view of entire rooms of paneling, fabrics, and panoramic wallpaper, a speciality of the Carlhian firm.
  • Language: French
  • Form/Genre: Architectural drawings (visual works)
    Design drawings
    Models (representations)
    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original
  • Subjects: Antique dealers Decorative arts Furniture -- Collectors and collecting Furniture -- Reproduction Furniture design Interior decoration Paneling Wallpaper Woodwork
  • Contributors: Carlhian, André, 1883-1967. Carlhian, Michel, 1911-1975. Carlhian, Robert, 1910-2001. Carlhian of Paris (New York, N.Y.) Carlhian & Beaumetz. R. & M. Carlhian.
  • Additional Title: Carlhian archive.
  • ID/Accession Number: 93-A32
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 79927755
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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