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vernis martin

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[ver-nee mahr-tan; French ver-nee mar-tan] /vɛrˈni mɑrˈtæn; French vɛr ni marˈtɛ̃/
noun
1.
a finish for furniture, invented in France in the 18th century in imitation of Chinese lacquer.
Origin of vernis martin
1875-1880
1875-80; < French: literally, Martin varnish, named after the brothers Martin, 18th-century French craftsmen
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  • Stick, vernis martin on ivory; guards, incrustations of mother-of-pearl.

    History of the Fan George Woolliscroft Rhead
  • Some of the most beautiful are made of French lacquer and ornamented in the vernis martin style.

    Chats on Household Curios Fred W. Burgess
  • Among the lost arts of that time are inlaying as done by Boule and the finish known as vernis martin.

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