Portable table-parasol

Martin Guillaume Biennais (1764-1843)
Paris, c. 1810
Amaranth, gilt bronze, iron, steel, taffeta, lacquer
Gift of David David-Weill, 1937
Inv. 33770
© MAD

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This parasol, with a folding tablet that opens into a tea table, could be dismantled and stored in a chest. It was created by the tabletier (maker of small objects), cabinetmaker and silversmith Martin-Guillaume Biennais, and was designed to accompany the travels of the imperial family, for whom folding beds were also made.

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