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Style Napoleon III / Ref.10697

Julien-Nicolas RIVART (1802-1867) - Sewing table decorated of white and purple campanulas in porcelain marquetry

Width: 24''   61cm
Height: 29'' ⅞  76cm
Depth: 17'' ¾  45cm

Between 1850 and 1867.

Blackened pearwood, ambonia burl, gilt bronze, brass, porcelain marquetry. In very good condition.

This elegant sewing table is decorated of flowers in porcelain inlays by Julien-Nicolas Rivart . The latter is the inventor of the porcelain marquetry technique, a unique process, searched for a long time and patented in 1849, he was the only one to master. We have here a graceful example of these rare decorations, with a bouquet of campanulas on a burl wood background, framed by a mahogany lace.

This skillful artist achieved a synthesis between the Florentine hard stone marquetry and the decoration of porcelain slabs from 18th century. He can hence combine the lightness of marquetry and its sophisticated contrasts effects, with the charm of painting on porcelain. The marquetry invented by Rivart enables these sophisticated hues to contrast directly with the wood, and prevents to hide the veins and the cabinetmaker's beautiful work. For that reason, at the World's Fairs of 1851, 1855 and 1867, this technique is described as "a delicious process", "yet more beautiful than beautiful", and receives the Emperor Napoleon III's congratulations.

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