Style Napoleon III / Ref.10716
Julien-Nicolas RIVART (1802-1867) - Purple velvet Folder decorated of porcelain marquetry
Width: 9'' 23cm
Height: 13'' 33cm
Between 1850 and 1867.
Purple velvet, porcelain marquetry. In good condition.
Marc Maison et Emmanuelle Arnauld, Marqueteries virtuoses au XIXe siècle : Brevets d'invention. Rivart, Cremer, Fourdinois, Kayser Sohn et Duvinage, Dijon, Faton, 2012, p. 37.
The use of a velvet support, particularly contrasting with porcelain, is extremely rare. Rivart foresees in his patent to inlay in all types of materials, including cardboard, leather, or velvet; but the overwhelming majority of the works reached us through time are embedded in wood. The folder we present is thus an exceptional example of inlays in velvet, a witness to a production much appreciated by the clientele, which at the time was described as "yet more beautiful than beautiful" (Auguste Luchet, The Industrial Art at the Exhibition of 1867).
Inspired by porcelain slabs inserted in panels, a fashion from 18th century, as well as Florentine mosaics in hard stones, Julien-Nicolas Rivart succeeded to develop an original technique, completely renewing the use of porcelain by inlaying it like a true marquetry, where each element is independent. Several times rewarded at the World's Fairs , Rivart porcelain inlays are particularly appreciated by critics both French and English. Rivart 's technique, "very ingenious", "delicious process", "one of the most important innovations for furniture decorations" is unanimously greeted for the charm its porcelain inlays release and the originality of the process. Patenting his invention in 1849, Rivart ensures a unique but rare production of furniture and small decorative elements of an extreme quality and a great sophistication.
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