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Antique 19th c. French Vernis Martin Large Miniature Chaise a Porteur
This is a stunning, authentic antique miniature display cabinet in the form of an 18th century chaise a porteur. It originates from Normandy and dates towards 1870-1880.
The cabinet (the stick handle supports did not survive the passage of time) is made of solid wood which is painted in the Vernis Martin style with hand painted vignettes which were heavily gilded and sealed with many, many coats of lacquer. The door panel has a beautiful inset of beveled glass. A hand painted vignette at the bottom features musical instruments, roses and leaves. Small rosebuds and vines cascade around the beveled glass. The two side panels have beveled glass inserts as well. The right side has a lovely scene depicting a young lady and her little dog. They sit in a wooded setting, she is barefoot and has a daydreaming expression on her face. The left panel depicts a young lady in a more formal gown, with her little dog sitting beside her in the grass. The full back scene is beautiful, with a wide golden path, lined with trees which leads to a small village with spires and farmhouses.
The curved top panel is of gilded paper board, the bottom panel is of wood. The interior is all original with the exception of the glass shelf which is a replacement. The garnet colored silk lining holds it's color but is frayed somewhat with age. The supports for the shelf are missing a front and back portion but still work for holding the shelf in place.
The cabinet measures: 11" tall, 6 1/4" deep and 5 1/4" wide. The interior depth is 5 3/8". The small shelf measures 3" x 4 1/2". The door is in good working condition with fine hinges. The interior of the door has a hand painted musical vignette. The cabinet is in good antique condition: it has the beautifully aged patina which give the paintings an ethereal quality. The wear to the silk is in accordance with age and use. There are no noted chips or cracks to the beveled glass. Though the side sticks have long ago disappeared, the cabinet is solid and can still function as an exquisite doll or jewelry display piece.
The enchanting gilded patina simply gleams in the light. The pastoral scenes featuring young girls and a little white dog are especially endearing.