Floor tapestries

The Manufacture Royales de Tapis Piat Lefebvre produced neoclassical floor tapestries that were exported to various countries in Europe and around the world.  The floor tapestry of the Legion of Honour, or the Sixteen Cohorts, comes from the same workshops. It decorated Napoleon's study in the Château de Fontainebleau, before being installed in the Hôtel de la Légion d'Honneur in Paris. Above the showcase is a model of the factory, the façade of which was designed by Bruno Renard (1781-1861). It features allegorical sculptures by Paul Dumortier (1763-1838). The factory closed in 1887. The tradition of floor- tapestry-making was continued by the Leveugle establishments, which took over the Manufactory Dumortier.