Rococo style ormolu mounted mahogany and Vernis Martin vitrine


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The large vitrine, measuring over 2m in height, has an outstanding curvaceous shape, which epitomizes the fine craftsmanship of the Rococo style. It is formed of five vertical panels, with the central panel being the largest and convex in form. To each side are two narrower concave panels, with a further two panels to the sides which gracefully undulate between concave and convex. The lower part of the cabinet is of bombé shape and incorporates five Vernis Martin lacquerwork scenes of fetes galantes, bordered by ormolu mounts, incorporated into each of the five panels; all sitting on six cabriole legs which finish in ormolu mounted hoof feet. The upper part of the vitrine is glazed to each of the five panels, with the central hinged panel opening to access three glass display shelves within. The vitrine interior is backed with a neutral coloured damask pattern, and contains a hidden storage compartment with shelf at the bottom. The vitrine is surmounted with two ormolu caryatids, and an upper central cartouche of stylized acanthus leaf and scroll design.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
19th Century
Louis XV, Rococo
Glass, Mahogany, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Vernis Martin
Brown, Gold, Multi-coloured


210 cm / 82.7 inches
133 cm / 52.4 inches
51 cm / 20.1 inches


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