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Antique French Vernis Martin Music Cabinet c. 1900

Antique French Vernis Martin Music Cabinet c. 1900

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

Regent Antiques has been trading in London for three decades. We specialise in English and Continental antique furniture, silver and porcelain. Our main markets are Europe and North America and we export worldwide. Antique French Vernis Martin Music Cabinet c.

This is a lovely antique French. Bombe shaped music cabinet, circa 1900.

The three quarter brass galleried top above the single cupboard door is painted with a vignette of lovers. The sides of the cabinet depict countryside scenery and the top is painted with garlands of flowers and a music scroll. The cabinet encloses a painted interior with four shelves for all your music scrolls and it stands on elegant cabriole legs enhanced by ormolu decorations terminating in brass sabots. It is a lovely object which would be appreciated not only by music lovers.

In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation. Height 110 x Width 80 x Depth 33. Height 43.3 x Width 31.5 x Depth 13.0. 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. Take a tour of our London showrooms. Take Piccadilly line to Manor House station. Go to top of escalators and turn left.

Take exit 7 and walk straight on for 10 metres. Manor Warehouse is on the right. There is car parking available on site. Please make all cheques payable to Regent Antiques.

Bank details: Regent Antiques - BBVA - Account: 05701615 - Sort: 23-59-11. For the best value, we recommend offsetting this cost by purchasing multiple items. The item "Antique French Vernis Martin Music Cabinet c. 1900" is in sale since Wednesday, April 22, 2015. This item is in the category "Antiques\Antique Furniture\Tables\Edwardian (1901-1910)".

The seller is "regentantiquesuk" and is located in London N4 1BX. This item can be shipped worldwide.


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