Ref#1606 | Description
A French ormolu-mounted, japanese lacquer and ebony Sideboard, after the model by Martin Carlin, circa 1880 with eared breakfront white veined moulded marble top above a conforming case set with frieze drawers ornamented with fine chiseled and burnished ormolu swags and ribbon-tied loose bouquets pierced interlaced laurel garlands, over three cupboard doors hung with ormolu blossoming pendant garlands and hand painted by our artisans with scenes of figures in pavilions withing a Cyma Recta style ormolu borders, the sides have the same drawing style, the fluted gilt-ormolu turned columnar angle supports over an arbalette shaped apron bordered with a Cyma Recta pattern ormolu trim and hammered ormolu strip, centered with an ormolu ribboned-shape blossoming floral wreath and raised on ormolu laurel decorated six toupie feet.
114 x 166 x 52 cm
Martin Carlin was born in Germany and emigrated to Paris to become an ébéniste. He settled there with other German and Flemish craftsmen and took employment in the workshop of Jean-François Oeben, whose sister he married. Inventories made after Carlin's death show that the ébéniste and his wife lived modestly in a five-room apartment in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, an unfashionable quarter of Paris, with simple furniture, a few pastel portraits, and a black lacquer clock. Few of Carlin's wealthy clientele would have cared to venture into this area, and Carlin thus sold his works exclusively to middlemen such as the marchands-merciers Simon-Philippe Poirier and Dominique Daguerre. Carlin was particularly known for his furniture decorated with Sèvres porcelain plaques, which he began to make in 1765, following designs supplied by the dealer Poirier. Although he made a certain number of larger pieces, secrétaires, tables, and commodes, Carlin's most popular works were small, portable, and extremely elegant items such as small tables, music stands, and jewel cabinets. A master of the Neoclassical style, he also produced works set with lacquer panels and veneers of mahogany.
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