Antique French Vernis Martin Vitrine Cabinet c.1900
Antique French Vernis Martin Vitrine Cabinet c.1900
Antique French Vernis Martin Vitrine Cabinet c.1900
Antique French Vernis Martin Vitrine Cabinet c.1900
Antique French Vernis Martin Vitrine Cabinet c.1900
Antique French Vernis Martin Vitrine Cabinet c.1900
Antique French Vernis Martin Vitrine Cabinet c.1900
Antique French Vernis Martin Vitrine Cabinet c.1900
Antique French Vernis Martin Vitrine Cabinet c.1900
Antique French Vernis Martin Vitrine Cabinet c.1900
Antique French Vernis Martin Vitrine Cabinet c.1900

Antique French Vernis Martin Vitrine Cabinet c.1900

c. 1900 France

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This is a lovely antique French Vernis Martin mahogany serpentine vitrine in the Louis XV Revival style, circa 1900 in date.

The cabinet has beautiful hand painted decoration and is embellished with exquisite ormolu mounts, the central panel has a beautiful painting depicting a courting couple and the side panels have paintings of French countryside scenes.

The central door is surmounted by an ormolu shell cresting, and the vitrine stands on cabriole legs with ormolu mounts.

It would be ideal for displaying porcelain or silver as it has serpentine glass to the front and sides, the interior is lined with the original golden velvet and there is a useful cupboard in the bottom.

With working lock and original key.

Add a touch of unparalleled style to your home.


Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition.


Dimensions in cm:

Height 167 x Width 83 x Depth 38

Dimensions in inches:

Height 65.7 x Width 32.7 x Depth 15.0
Vernis Martin -
is a lustrous lacquer substitute widely used in the 18th century to decorate furniture and such personal articles as brisé fans, snuffboxes and clocks. The process of adding bronze or gold powder to green varnish was perfected by the French brothers Guillaume and Etienne-Simon Martin, hence its name “Vernis Martin”, as Vernis is French for varnish. It is said to have been made by heating oil, copal and amber and then adding Venetian turpentine and the Martin brothers perfected the process with inclusions in the varnish, sprinkling spangles of silver plated copper wire into the wet varnish ground. Highly praised by Voltaire, it was developed to imitate East Asian lacquerware which was being imported into France during the Louis XV period. Vernis Martin was made in several colours, green, black and a golden red being the most characteristic.

Mahogany -
is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.
Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.

Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect.

Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).

Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.

Ormolu (from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as 'gilt bronze'.

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copper, brass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt (also known as vermeil).
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