Martin Carlin French

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Carlin worked primarily for marchand-merciers, the decorator-dealers who guided Parisian fashion, and he knew well how to finesse elegance. Given the task of constructing a bookcase of sizable mass, he created an effect of airy lightness by the use of delicate marquetry, glittering gilt-bronze and, above all, skillful design.

Bookcase, Martin Carlin (French, near Freiburg im Breisgau ca. 1730–1785 Paris), Tulipwood and satiné on oak; glass, and gilt-bronze mounts, French, Paris

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