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Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany Display Cabinet c.1880

Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
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  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
  • Antique French Vernis Martin Mahogany  Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07721 | Regent Antiques
Ref: 07721
Price: £3,200.00
This is a stunning antique French mahogany Vernis Marten display cabinet in the Louis XV manner, Circa 1880 in date. This beau...

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This is a stunning antique French mahogany Vernis Marten display cabinet in the Louis XV manner, Circa 1880 in date.

This beautiful cabinet has beautiful hand painted decoration and exquisite ormolu mounts. The central panel has a beautiful painting depicting a courting couple with a beautiful landscape painted panel on each side.

It  has serpentine glass to the front and sides and the interior is lined in a striking floral fabric with a capacious cupboard in the bottom, and the quality and attention to detail throughout is second to none.

It is surmounted with a stunning red  Breccia marble top.


Add a touch of unparalleled style to your home.

Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.



Dimensions in cm:

Height 158 x Width 92 x Depth 40

Dimensions in inches:

Height 5 feet, 2 inches x Width 3 feet, 0 inches x Depth 1 foot, 4 inches

Our reference: 07721

Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.

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.

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 copperbrass, 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).

 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 158 x Width 92 x Depth 40

Dimensions in inches:

Height 5 feet, 2 inches x Width 3 feet, 0 inches x Depth 1 foot, 4 inches

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