vernis martin

or vernis Martin

[ver-nee mahr-tan; French ver-nee mar-tan]


a finish for furniture, invented in France in the 18th century in imitation of Chinese lacquer.

Origin of vernis martin

1875–80; < French: literally, Martin varnish, named after the brothers Martin, 18th-century French craftsmen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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