19th Century French Kingwood Vernis Martin Display Cabinet For Sale
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19th Century French Kingwood Vernis Martin Display Cabinet

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A stunning antique French kingwood and Vernis Martin serpentine vitrine in the Louis XV manner, circa 1880 in date. It has three quarter glazed panelled doors with exquisite hand-painted decoration and exquisite ormolu mounts. There are four beautiful panels which have been hand-painted and signed by H.Martin, a top French 19th century artist, the two central panels with romantic courting couples and the other two with country scenes. This beautiful cabinet encloses two glass shelves, has a capacious cupboard in the bottom and the interior has been beautifully relined in Royal Purple velvet ready to display your collection. This magnificent piece is in excellent condition and 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 198 x width 78 x depth 50 Dimensions in inches: Height 6 feet, 6 inches x width 2 feet, 7 inches x depth 1 foot, 8 inches 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. Please feel free to email or call us to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse. Shipping: We ship worldwide and deliver to Mainland UK addresses free of charge. A shipping cost to all other destinations must be requested prior to purchase. Delivery and return policy: We require that someone be home on the agreed delivery day if applicable, otherwise a redelivery fee will apply. In accordance with Distance Selling Regulations, we offer a 14-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the item. The item must be returned in its original packaging and condition. Unless the item is not as described in a material way, the buyer is responsible for return shipping expenses. Buyers are fully responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that may be incurred on items sent outside of the European Union.

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  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1880
  • Dimensions
    H 77.96 in. x W 30.71 in. x D 19.69 in.H 198 cm x W 78 cm x D 50 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    07878
  • Reference Number
    LU95066952623
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