Did you know?
The term « marchand mercier » is a duplicate literally meaning « merchant of goods », which took on the connotation of art dealer in the 18th century. The oldest references to this “Corps de la Ville de Paris” are found at the end of the 16th century, but in the 18th century, the haberdasher merchants were traders.
Third of the six Paris trades, the haberdashery merchants imported fine porcelain from China and Japan as well as lacquer or hard stone panels to have them mounted in goldsmithery by workers working on order for them: carefully limited by the societal regulations under rules codified in 1613, their corporation statutes, outside the craftsmen’s guild, only authorized them to assemble or transform objects, not to create them from scratch.
Savary’s Dictionary details the goods of « those who sell paintings, prints, candelabras, arms, candelabra of gilded copper and bronze, crystal chandeliers, figures of bronze, marble , of wood and other materials, clocks, clocks and watches; cabinets, chests, cupboards, tables, shelves, and pedestal tables of gilded wood, marble tables and other goods and curiosities proper for the ornament of the apartments”
The beginning of the story
It is a family story that is the source of this gallery.
Three generations of art and decoration enthusiasts are the initiators of this place:
The Rohans Gallery
It is at 34, quai des bateliers in Strasbourg opposite the Palais des Rohan that we have set up our gallery of art, antiques and decoration advice.
So that with our team you can, at home, create a journey to the heart of the history of styles, and combine classic and contemporary arts.
Our gallery relies on the know-how of many French craftsmen, ranging from cabinetmaker to upholsterer, from framer to bookbinder, from trompe l’oeil painter to painting restorer. All our furniture, paintings, engravings, and objects are cared for and restored according to the rules of the art, without altering their often centuries-old history.
A collection of tailor-made objects, created from old materials, and in limited series is available to you under the brand: Galerie des Rohan Collection.
Originally at 34 quai des bateliers, this house was called “Au fil de Soie” and belonged to Abraham Düminger, merchant and founder of the economic enterprises of the Moravian Church. Its new Regency style facade dates from after 1748. Its ironwork balcony is supported by cornucopias and bears the arms of the Fürstenbergs. François-Egon de Fürstenberg and his brother Guillaume-Egon de Fürstenberg were both bishops of Strasbourg at the end of the 17th century.
This house finds today, on its ground floor, its soul of an 18th century haberdasher.