Art Nouveau Vitrine

WroteВиктория, March 12, 2018 в Commissions, Furniture | RSS

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I think this is one og the most challenging projects for me:

On the pic above the original item is on the right, on the left is a marquetry panel I was making (I had to change the layout and design of it later). The vitrine itself is pretty small (the width of the back panel is just 40mm, the thickness of the shelves is 1mm). I really like carved decoration and marquetry, of course. While I was modeling the vitrine I started reading quite an interesting article about Emile Galle, who was one of the most influlential artists in art nouveau movement. He was the one who invited Louis Majorelle to work for him (Majorelle was making brass and bronze furniture decorations, later he started making marquetry and furniture too).
I was disappointed and inspired at the same time while reading about Galle’s company. First of all, he was really good at organizing furniture and ceramics/glass manufacture process, his father was actually running pottery making business. Later Emile started producing furniture, he commissioned marquetry design and carving to the other artists, as well as metalwork. Only later he started making marquetry himself. Anyway, that was my disappointment, somehow I thought that he was producing it all by himself, but it turned out to be a dream team of artists. It’s pretty amazing, of course, but it was a surprise for me:)

Almost everything is ready for assembling the vitrine, I only need to make knife hinges for a door. For now, several photos of the process.

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