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Victor Morel and Antoine Joseph Grümmer

Builders of Exceptional Carriages

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The story of some of nineteenth-century Europe’s most luxurious carriage—and the people who made them.
Founded in 1845 by Victor Jacques Morel (1814–79), Maison V. Morel was one of the most important Parisian coachbuilders during the second half of the nineteenth century, a time when French manufacturers dominated the industry. Antoine-Joseph Grümmer (1834–1909) succeeded Jacques Morel in 1879, renaming the company Société J. Grümmer. Their superb and elegant carriages were the talk of high society both in their native France and abroad, due in part to contributions to the accessories and finishing materials made by such illustrious names as Louis Vuitton and Hermès. This book tells the story of the company and its two leaders, drawing from previously unpublished documents and numerous illustrations of Morel and Grümmer’s remarkable carriages.

312 pages | 234 color plates, 144 halftones, 139 line drawings | 11 1/2 x 8 1/2

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Victor Morel and his time
Chapter I: High Society and the art of living in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century
Chapter II: Paris “capital” of beautiful carriages
Chapter III: A first-rate house: Victor Morel, coach builder

Part 2: The Grümmer coach building dynasty
Chapter IV: Antoine Joseph Grümmer descendant of coach builders, successor to Victor Morel
Chapter V: The techniques required for building horse-drawn coaches
Chapter VI: Specialized trades supporting the coach builder
Chapter VII: Universal Exhibitions
Chapter VIII: Automobile Club de France: Salon of 1904
Chapter IX: a smooth transition from the Carriage to the Automobile
Chapter X: Creation of SA des Établissements Grümmer 1919

Part 3: Works by Maison V. Morel-Grümmer through the archives
Chapter XI: Drawings
Chapter XII: An important order from the Duke of Luynes 1867
Chapter XIII: The George IV Phaeton of the Earl of Fitz-James 1885
Chapter XIV: The Blanche de Clermont-Tonnerre’s Tilbury 1910
Chapter XV: Surviving carriages in collections

Epilogue: Transmission of knowledge over time
Grümmer family tree

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