I first came upon the work of Leon Marcotte in a small shop in Brooklyn, Erie Basin. the proprietor Russell Whitmore showed me a beautiful love seat that was attributed to Marcotte. Marcotte illustrates the Second Empire style that was the rage in the mid 19 th century. Marcotte seemed to wear several hats of master upholster, decorator and craftsman. He was able to facilitate the very chic French style for wealthy New Yorkers in the 1870's.