Friday, January 1, 1971

Martin Carlin


Martin Carlin
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Martin Carlin was a cabinetmaker with the most delicate, pure and varied talents. he worked at all types of furniture production and stood out for his refined designs and elegant workmanship.
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At the beginning of his career, Martin Carlin was a simple worker employed by Jean-François Oeben, and was lodged as a cabinetmaker of the King in one of the Arsenal buildings. Then in 1759, he married Marie-Christine Oeben, the sister of J-F Oeben.
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He was received as master in 1766, a year that should be noted since this was when he started to sign his works.
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The talents of Carlin reached their height during the reign of Louis XVI. It would have been very easy for him to supply the Crown directly or to join the service of a Prince. But he lacked ambition. Instead, he preferred to earn a lower income and run less risks by accepting orders from a few major dealers (Charles Darnault and Dominique daguerre) from whom he could obtain down payments and advances.
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He produced a number of small tables, nearly always round, and decorated with panels of Sèvres porcelain. He had a strong inclination for a general line that can be found in nearly all his small pieces of furniture: high, rectilinear, with legs that suddently curve at the bottom, and an infinite variety of details.
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However, the real specialisation of Martin Carlin was chests of drawers and writing desks with moulded feet and somptuous bronzes decorated with delicate Chinese lacquer, or tables made of ebony or drak wood with bronze ornemantation.
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To sum up, Carlin is one of the Masters who did the most for the successful spread of French cabinet making in the 18th century.
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L'art et la manière des maîtres ébénistes français au XVIIIe siècle