Style Napoleon III / Ref.11072
Julien-Nicolas RIVART (1802-1867) - Small bedside table decorated with wisteria in porcelain marquetry
Width: 17'' ¾ 45cm
Height: 29'' ⅛ 74cm
Depth: 13'' ⅜ 34cm
France, Between 1850 and 1867
This elegant bedside table is adorned of flowers inlays, which great naturalism illustrates the technical mastery of Julien-Nicolas Rivart, inventor of porcelain marquetry, for which he registered a patent in 1849. Wisterias are thus blooming in fresh colors on the surface of the wood, enhancing the preciosity of this work.
Several times rewarded at the World’s Fairs, Rivart porcelain inlays are particularly appreciated by critics both French and English. The technique by Rivart, ‘one of the most important innovations for the decoration of furniture pieces’, is unanimously greeted for the charm its porcelain inlays releases, and the originality of the process. This innovative technique has never been implemented except by its inventor: despite the critical success it meets at the World’s Fairs, where Rivart obtains several medals, it disappears with the artists’ death in 1867.
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