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A Fine Pair Of Louis XV Style Bombé Side Cabinets With Vernis Martin Panels

FRANCE, Circa 1900

REF No. B74771

The vernis martin panels signed 'Crozet'. The Gilt-bronze mounts stamped to the reverse 'HJ'.

dimensions

Height :110 cm | 43¹/₄ in
Width :90 cm | 35³/₈ in
Depth :41 cm | 16¹/₈ in

description

A Fine Pair Of  Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Bombé Side Cabinets With Vernis Martin Panels.

The vernis martin panels signed 'Crozet'.  The Gilt-bronze mounts stamped to the reverse 'HJ'.

Each cabinet is of serpentine bombé shape with a moulded marble top above a frieze inset with a vernis Martin panel of musical instruments and trailing roses, flanked by gilt-bronze acanthus and cabouchon espangolettes, above a central door with fine encadrement framing a superbly painted vernis martin panel in the manner of Boucher; the cabinets are raised on tapering out swept  legs terminating in scroll sabots.   

The technique of Vernis Martin was perfected by four brothers who produced what is considered to be the finest form of European japanning, lending their name to what later became a generic term.  The elder brother, Guillaume (d. 1749) and Étienne-Simon (d. 1770) were granted a monopoly for producing imitations of Chinese and Japanese lacquer in 1730, which was renewed in 1744.  

Vernis Martin was developed from a varnish called cipolin.  It is remarkably lustrous and fine in texture and produces an array of colours ranging from greys, greens and blues and enhanced by gold dust beneath the surface producing a sparkling finish.  This lengthy process requires the application of as many as forty layers to be applied to the surface, each of which is then polished to result in the required depth and finish.

French, Circa 1900.

A Fine Pair Of Louis XV Style Bombé Side Cabinets With Vernis Martin Panels







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