Fine Architectural Hardware
Dubois Fine Architectural Hardware, experts in decorative hardware for furniture & buildings since 1852.
Dubois France, located in Tinchebray, France, was created in 1852 by Jules Delalande as a locksmith factory dedicated to manufacturing copper and steel. In 1880 it was taken over by the Delarchand family, and finally changed hands to the Dubois family in 1910.
Dubois USA is the sister company of Bagues Paris, Bronzes de France, and Dubois France. We select, process, import, and oversee all three companies to make sure that orders for our US clientele are handled and delivered successfully.
Development & Modernization
In 1987 Pierre Dubois passed the company to Yves Gesteau. With a fresh approach to modernization, he expanded the collections to include decorative hardware for furniture & buildings, as well as bronze & porcelain. The firm opened in the international market proving that exports would provide for a large portion of its business.
In the last 25 years Yves Gesteau has acquired two large sister companies; Bronzes de France, and Baguès Paris. The enterprise with its experience, technology, and savoir-faire, has the tools to design new custom hardware and lighting designs.
Carefully crafting unique architectural hardware for more than 150 years.
Bronzes de France
In the early part of the XVIII century, the beginning of a long tradition of Bronze d’Ameublement et de Bâtiment began in France. This use of bronze for decorative hardware was the achievement of one man: André Charles Boulle (1642-1732).
During the XIX century, the French government, in order to promote this industry, authorized a few bronze artists to reproduce the door and cabinet hardware installed in the numerous state owned Chateaux and Palaces of the former Kingdom of France. Unfortunately a large portion of those collections has since disappeared or been destroyed.
Bronzes de France now manufactures four of those distinguished collections, the designs and the models of which were passed down through generations of the families who originally created them in the XVIII and XIX centuries.
Today these historical designs, under the auspices of Bronzes de France, are still created using the traditional methods of hand craftsmanship and the intricate detail is accentuated using the same techniques of hand chasing that are used in the making of fine jewelry.
When bronze was first used for decorative hardware in the XVII century, it was originally sand cast. Today our company still uses this traditional form of casting as well as the Lost Wax process, which gives much finer detail to the castings. Most of our products are still individually hand chased by craftsmen using methods originally used back in the XVII century. This accentuates the detail of the pattern before we carry out the actual finishing process.
Our finishing is also very detailed and expensive. Even though we do not use the mercury gold plating process today, for obvious environmental reasons, our nitrate gold is extremely close to the XVIII century Mercury Gold finish which can still be seen on the decorative hardware in the Palais de Versailles.
Bronzes de France has supplied door hardware and accessories to the most prestigious hotels in Paris such as Le Crillon, Le George V, l’Hotel Intercontinental, Le Meurice and Le Ritz.
In London our products have been supplied to ambassadorial residences and apartments and to other important buildings and homes throughout the world.
With more than 17000 centuries old patterns, Bronzes de France is also often involved in the restoration of historic buildings. One of our latest commissions was the reproduction of lighting fittings for the Parliament of Brittany building in Rennes.
Numerous heads of state in the Middle East and around the world have trusted our company and our products for their private homes and official buildings.
Baguès was born in Auvergne around 1840 and became famous internationally as a creator of art lighting. In the beginning it specialized in liturgical bronze, and the company quickly developed by the end of the 19th century thanks to bronze lighting brought about by the generalization of electricity.
During the 1920s, Victor and Robert Baguès enlarged the bronze lighting collection of their father and created their own iron models: this range of Baguès Designs is composed of Parrots & Foliage for chandeliers and wall sconces.
Some of the most well known art directors and decorators of that time that appeared in the Baguès order books, included: Jansen, Raymond Subes, and Armand Albert Rateau. The latter who, in 1928, created the arrangement for the decoration of Jeanne Lanvin’s mansion (which included many custom Baguès designs).
In between both wars, the development extended onto the international stage, and permanent establishments were created in New York, Rome, and Cairo. The activity also extended into the manufacturing of stairway banisters and metal gates, which are still installed in numerous places in Paris, such as the Golden Door and the Theater of the Champs-Elysees.
In our days
Today nestled under the Viaduct des Arts, Baguès pursues the edition of its oldest models, whose elegance is of the utmost importance.
In order to preserve its precious heritage, the company has devoted itself to the restoration of collectible pieces. Its prestigious past has also been enriched with new creations imagined by major designers such as Garouste & Bonetti and Timothy Corrigan.
In its workshops, iron and bronze are shaped according to traditional techniques. Chandeliers, lamps and wall sconces are leaf gilt gold or silver leaf, and the crystals are hand assembled.
The Maison Baguès remains, for many decorators, a synonym of elegance and a guarantee of excellence as the most beautiful models of our Collection are re-edited for large French and international decoration offices such as Alberto Pinto, Pierre Yves Rochon, and Nina Campbell, who have used them to set up lighting in the Four Seasons George V Paris, The Ritz, The Savoy in London and the Royal Mansour in Marrakesh.