Pineau, Nicolas

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Pineau, Nicolas (1684–1754). French architect. He trained under Boffrand and Hardouin-Mansart and settled in Russia where he worked for Tsar Peter the Great (1672–1725), for whom he designed a richly decorated cabinet in Peterhof (1721) and his tomb (1725). Returning to Paris in 1726, he designed several hôtels (e.g. Hôtel Mazarin (1740)). He was best known as a creator of exquisite Rococo interiors, for which many drawings survive, some being publicized in J. -F. Blondel's De la distribution des maisons de plaisance et de la décoration des édifices en général (1737–8), while Batty Langley also reproduced some of his designs for console-tables.

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