Ribart de Chamoust
Ribart de Chamoust
1776–83). French architectural writer, author of L'Ordre François trouvé dans la Nature
(1776), which contains a curious French Order
consisting of three columns set at the points of an equilateral triangular plan (∴) with creepers trailing in spirals around the shafts, capitals
similar to those of the Corinthian Order
, and a pedestal
with three volutes
resembling a compressed and inverted Ionic
capital. The analogy with a tree (capital = foliage, shaft = trunk, and pedestal with volutes = roots visible above ground) suggests an extension of ideas from Laugier
. Ribart's first names may have been Charles-François, who was author of some works on finance, or (more likely) François-Joseph, who was probably the author of Architecture Singulière
(1758) and Lettre de M. Ribart
1770): this latter Ribart was an ‘Ingénieur’.
Architectural Review, lii/2 (1982), 110–20;
Claudia Mernick ;
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