French Louis XV style Vernis Martin bombé cabinet epitomizing the fine craftsmanship of the Rococo style. This romantic shapely cabinet would work nicely in any room as a dry bar, office storage, or for clothing. Curvaceous breche d'Alep marble top surface with ogee edge, the upper part of the bombé shape cabinet with a large beautiful Vernis Martin panel depicting a shepherd courting scene, the Vernis Martin panels below and on the sides extend the view of this idealized Claudian landscape. Panels are contained within ormolu reed-and-leaf frames with ormolu mounted keyholes. The cabinet stands on four splayed legs which are linked by a shaped apron, the front of which is mounted with an ormolu foliate motif, terminating in ormolu (gilt bronze) leafy scrolled feet."Vernis Martin" is the French version of Japanning introduced by the Martin brothers in the 18th century.
Rococo design dominated interiors and furniture during Louis XV’s reign in the 18th century with sensuous organic curves, asymmetry and elaborate ornamentation with an aura of fantasy, luxury and elegance, while being intimate and comfortable at the same time. Art and design was influenced greatly by the king's chief mistress Madame Pompadour, a patron of the arts was behind the funding of the porcelain company Sévres. This glamorous design has a sophisticated style and adds contrasting highlights to modern and contemporary interior settings.
Place of Origin: France
Period: Circa 1880
Dimensions: (46 in.Hx44 in.Wx29 in.D)
Condition: Excellent antique condition
Wear: Wear Consistent with age and use.