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André Jacob Roubo

André Jacob Roubo

André Jacob Roubo (b.1739 - d.1791) was a carpenter, cabinetmaker and author. Roubo was born and died in Paris. The son and grandson of master cabinetmakers, he earned that designation in 1774 through the publication of his masterwork treatise on woodworking.

He wrote a highly influential complete treatise on woodworking that covers practically all the associated trades. This multi-volume work, L'Art du Menuisier (The Art of the Joiner), published between 1769 and 1774 by the Académie des Sciences, contains sections and illustrations on: building carpentry, furniture making, and precious woodworking (ébénisterie), carriage making, and garden woodworking.

Ruobo's design for a workbench has proven to be popular amongst some modern woodworkers.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Works 2
  • Tributes 3
  • See also 4
  • Gallery 5
  • Further reading 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Son and grand-son of fellow woodworkers, it becomes companion himself. He was a pupil of the architect Blondel and he received the title of Master in 1770 under (derogatory) the publication in 1769 of the first part of The Art of the carpenter . He designed and supervised the construction of the great domes of the halls Wheat and Cloth, and a monumental staircase to the hotel of the Marquis de Marbeuf all lost works. He wrote a comprehensive treatise on carpentry that covers virtually all associated trades. His work was published between 1769 and 1782 in the description of arts and crafts of the Academy of Sciences (Paris) 2 . Writing of his work took him fourteen years of his life. In 1777, he published the first part of a Treaty of building theaters and theatrical machinery (the latter does not appear). He is interested in the social status of artisans, as shown in the footnotes page of his book on carpentry, that make him a fan of " the Enlightenment " 3 . Almost ruined after 1789, the emigration of the nobility of customers left without him adjust work done, he lives modestly and probably in contact with his friends in the Faubourg Saint Antoine, he entered in 1790 in the National Guard , and became the Lieutenant. He died in 1791, rue Saint Jacques in Paris, formerly parish Saint-Jacques du Haut-Pas, leaving a widow and four minor children. His widow is pensioned in 1791 for services rendered to the nation by her husband. His biography was published in 1836 by the future architect Louis-Auguste Boileau , then a carpenter, in the series " Portraits and History of useful men "published by the Company and Franklin Montyon 4 .


The Art of the carpenter , published between 1769 and 1782. Republished in 1977 and in 1982, in the format, Leonce Laget. In 2002, the Library Image published an edition at a more affordable price, which also contains The Art of layetier, published in 1782 The work has more than one 340 pages and 389 plates engraved by himself. "The Roubo" is considered even today as the best traditional treated wood joinery. It develops and discusses in detail the technical knowledge of the trades of carpentry that was under Louis XV, in its heyday. In four games, the third is the most developed, it deals with dormant carpentry and opening 6 , the Bodyshop, furniture manufacturer in seven of the Cabinetmaker and Treillageur. The Treaty of Roubo's de facto guardian of "good practice".

Various "extensions" were given to the 19th and 20th centuries Art of the carpenter, including Dufournet editions Ch Juliot (Paris).; but it does not stay there much of the original work. Regarding the key organ cases, André-Jacob Roubo worked with Dom François Bedos de Celles.

Treated in the construction of theaters and theatrical machinery , and in Jombert Collot in 1777. Reprinted in fac-sim. by Slatkine in 1984 under the false name of "Jacques-André," as part of the collection dummy Arts instruments ( ( ISBN 2051006466 ) ). But only the first part ( History and architecture of theaters, especially France and Italy ) was published even though the second ( theatrical Machines ) in 1777 was declared "ready to print" so that the title promises more that the book gives. Nevertheless, it is a remarkable work, small in size, with 66 pages of text in two columns and 10 beautiful engravings.


There in Paris ( 11 th arrondissement ) since 1850 a Roubo street located in an area inhabited by furniture manufacturers.

See also


Further reading

  • Roubo, André Jacob. (2002). Description des arts et des métiers. Le menuisier en bâtiment. Bibliothèque de l'image. ISBN 978-2914661423


  1. ^ Landis, Scott (1998) The Workbench Book, Taunton Press

External links

  • Blog for a project to translate L'Art du Menuisier, with sample section
  • New York Public Library Digital Library, images from "L'art du menuisier"
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