One of the leading interior decorators of his time, Eugène Barriol worked for a wealthy Parisian clientèle during the Third Republic, specialising in the dismantling and reinstallation of wood panelling from 18th-century mansions and châteaux. The museum has several drawings referring to his work.
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One of the consequences of the wholesale demolition in Paris during the Second Empire, notably due to Baron Haussmann’s reorganisation of the city, was an increasing awareness of both the commercial and historical value of ancient wood panelling decors. Antique dealers, interior decorators, collectors and museums fuelled this new interest.