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Style Napoleon III / Ref.10695

Julien-Nicolas RIVART (1802-1867) - Small occasional table with shelves decorated of porcelain marquetry roses

Width: 18'' ½  47cm
Height: 30'' ¼  77cm
Depth: 12'' ⅝  32cm

Between 1850 and 1867.

Blackened pearwood, rosewoods, burl wood, brass, porcelain marquetry. In very good condition.

This elegant shelf 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. Campanulas and roses are thus blooming in fresh colors on the surface of the wood, enhancing the preciosity of this work. On a burl wood background, the decoration is finely framed by rosewood laces.

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.