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vernis martin

or vernis Martin

[ver-nee mahr-tan; French ver-nee mar-tan]
  1. a finish for furniture, invented in France in the 18th century in imitation of Chinese lacquer.
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Origin of vernis martin

1875–80; < French: literally, Martin varnish, named after the brothers Martin, 18th-century French craftsmen
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Historical Examples

  • Vernis-Martin, as his varnish was termed, became in general request.

    Chats on Old Furniture

    Arthur Hayden