Seller: regentantiquesuk (2,545) 100%, Location: London N4 1BX, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 302129102278 OUR LONDON SHOWROOMS OPEN MON to FRI 10am - 5pm And Alternate Saturdays www.regentantiques.com firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Bureau de Dame c.1880 This is a superb antique French rosewood and ormolu mounted Vernis Martin bureau de dame, Circa 1880 in date. The drop flap opens to reveal three drawers, a well and a leather inset writing surface. The flap is decorated with a beautiful Vernis Martin painting depicting a courting couple and the frieze with a painting of a country scene. The whole standing on cabriole legs with further ormolu adornments. Complete with working lock and key. Condition: In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation. Dimensions in cm: Height 95 x Width 89 x Depth 47Dimensions in inches: Height 37.4 x Width 35.0 x Depth 18.5 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. Rosewood is a rich warm reddish brown wood that has a distinct grain with dark brown and black outlining. One variety of Rosewood can vary significantly from another even though it is of the same species. These Rosewoods, native of India, South East Asia and Brazil, were dense and awkward to work with. It was renowned for quickly bluntening cutting tools and visibly darkening in colour when over prepared. The Brazilian species of Rosewood was by far the most beautifully figured and therefore it became the most sought after and rare. This was the wood of choice for the great box makers, David and Thomas Edwards who used it to veneer some of their finest pieces. 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). Our reference: 07607 Image gallery Take a tour of our London showrooms Write to us: Regent Antiques Manor Warehouse 318 Green Lanes London N4 1BX email@example.com By Underground: 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. Call us on: +44 20 8809 9605 +44 20 8802 3900 By road: There is car parking available on site. Payment Pay with your credit card through PayPal. Please make all cheques payable to "Regent Antiques." Bank details: Regent Antiques - BBVA - Account: 05701615 - Sort: 23-59-11 Shipping and returns We ship worldwide. 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