2021 Année Napoléon > The Caillebotte Estate
As part of the commemorations of the death of Napoleon I in 1821, the Caillebotte Estate is holding an exhibition on Guillaume Martin Biennais, the gold- and silversmith and cabinetmaker in the service of Napoleon I.
This information was updated on 29 March 2021.
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Exhibition > “Martin Guillaume Biennais, l’orfèvre de Napoléon Ier” [“Napoleon I’s goldsmith”]
29 May – 3 October 2021
The exhibition “Martin Guillaume Biennais, l’orfèvre de Napoléon Ier” [“Martin Guillaume Biennais, Napoleon I’s Goldsmith”] pays tribute to one of the most singular characters of the imperial epic, a simple craftsman “tabletier” [maker of small objects] who became an entrepreneur for the imperial court. Some thirty of his masterpieces, synonymous with the imperial style in the field of decorative arts, will be presented in Yerres, in the house that belonged to Biennais’s widow before becoming the Caillebotte estate.
La Maison Caillebotte
10 rue de Concy, 91330 Yerres, France
Téléphone : +33 (0) 1 80 37 20 61
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PrEsentation OF THE Caillebotte ESTATE
The Caillebotte Estate – the house, the park with its factories and the river – were a major source of inspiration for the Impressionist painter Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) who lived there with his family from 1860 to 1879. Although the estate’s name honours this illustrious former resident, that of the estate’s previous owner, the widow Biennais, is no less memorable due to the celebrity of her late husband, Napoleon I’s goldsmith and cabinetmaker Martin-Guillaume Biennais (1764-1843). The sumptuous Empire furniture in the bedroom on the first floor of the house is a reminder.