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Antique French Kingwood Vernis Martin Display Cabinet c.1880

Antique French Kingwood  Vernis Martin Display Cabinet c.1880 | Ref. no. 07722 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 07722
Price: £ 0.00
This is a stunning antique French kingwood  Vernis Martin vitrine in the Louis XV manner, circa 1880 in date.

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This is a stunning antique French kingwood  Vernis Martin vitrine in the Louis XV manner, circa 1880 in date. The base features three hand painted Vernis Martin panels, the central panel is signed by the artist, Albertini, who was renowned for painting the very best Vernis Martin furniture.

The cabinet has exquisite hand painted decoration and exquisite ormolu mounts. The central panel has a beautiful painting depicting a courting couple and the side panels have elegant landscapes. The serpentine glass door encloses two glass shelves, the interior is lined in  burgundy velvet and there is a capacious cupboard in the bottom. 

The quality and attention to detail throughout is second to none.

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 185 x Width 84 x Depth 44

Dimensions in inches:

Height 6 feet, 1 inch x Width 2 feet, 9 inches x Depth 1 foot, 5 inches

Our reference: 07722

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.

Kingwood
is a classic furniture wood, almost exclusively used for inlays on very fine furniture. Occasionally it is used in the solid for small items and turned work, including parts of billiard cues, e.g., those made by John Parris. It is brownish-purple with many fine darker stripes and occasional irregular swirls. Occasionally it contains pale streaks of a similar colour to sapwood.

The wood is very dense and hard and can be brought to a spectacular finish. it turns well but due to its density and hardness can be difficult to work with hand tools. It also has a tendency to blunt the tools due to its abrasive properties.

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).

Kingwood - is a classic furniture wood, almost exclusively used for inlays on very fine furniture. Occasionally it is used in the solid for small items and turned work, including parts of billiard cues, e.g., those made by John Parris. It is brownish-purple with many fine darker stripes and occasional irregular swirls. Occasionally it contains pale streaks of a similar colour to sapwood.

The wood is very dense and hard and can be brought to a spectacular finish. it turns well but due to its density and hardness can be difficult to work with hand tools. It also has a tendency to blunt the tools due to its abrasive properties.


 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 185 x Width 84 x Depth 44

Dimensions in inches:

Height 6 feet, 1 inch x Width 2 feet, 9 inches x Depth 1 foot, 5 inches

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