Exhibition at the Marc Maison Gallery: «The magic of a kaolin bouquet » A collection of furniture pieces and works of art decorated with Julien-Nicolas Rivart’s rare porcelain inlays, between 1850 and 1867.

Once again immersing us in the world of the Universal Exhibitions, the Marc Maison Gallery displays its large collection of works by Julien-Nicolas Rivart, of twenty-four unique pieces, all decorated with his porcelain flowers. From sumptuous “bureau plat” to the document folders, these rare luxury items will be offered to the amateurs’ eyes, from May 19 to August 15, 2017, in the new gallery of the Marché Cambo, in the Flea Market of Paris Saint-Ouen.

Julien-Nicolas Rivart is the well-known name of the inventor who revolutionized the aesthetics of porcelain decorated furniture by depositing his patent in 1849. Since the 18th century, the aristocracy has been an amateur of porcelain’s delicacy, and likes to see it decorate its furniture. Cabinetmakers then found a way to fix plaques of porcelain with a bronze mount, but failed to inlay it in the manner of marquetry or the Florentine mosaic of hard stones.

Jewel case realized by Julien-Nicolas Rivart, formerly owned by Elsa Schiaparelli. Marc Maison Gallery.

The « Rivart porcess » is thus the story of a humble decorator on porcelain’s stroke of genius, who suddenly became a privileged collaborator of suppliers of the Second Empire. . Suddenly emerging from anonymity, he then created exceptional works with the companies Tahan and Alphonse Giroux et Cie, from which the Marc Maison Gallery shows here magnificent examples.

The jewelry boxes, sewing tables, desks, and other works presented in this exhibition thus have the refined quality of the items that were to be accepted at the Universal Exhibitions. The finest wood species and the most delicate woodworking techniques are here deploying all their beauty. Rivart participates indeed in the very first of these exceptional exhibitions, in 1851 at the Crystal Palace in London, and will be present at those of 1855 and 1867, with various furniture manufacturers.
Sketch accompanying Rivart's patent from 1849, INPI, Paris.

To the right : A sewing table by Tahan at the 1855 World's Fair.
To the left : Sewing table with a decoration of porcelain marquetry signed by Tahan, Marc Maison Gallery

With a romantic poetry, to which the generation of 'Eugénie de Montijo and Queen Victoria is receptive, the flowers of Rivart immortalize the ephemeral work of nature in porcelain. He collaborated during the 1850s with with a young painter, just stepping from the Sèvres Manufactory, Pierre-Joseph Guérou, whose brush has signed several of the exhibited works. The illusionist accuracy of these paintings has the great merit of not stiffening their subject in any way, giving the appearance of fresh flowers as on the first day.

The title of the exhibition pays tribute to the lyricism of the writer Auguste Luchet as he was standing in front of these incrustations : “One can not imagine, if one did not see, ​​the magic that results from a bouquet of kaolin on a black background framed with gilding, detaching its fresh and lively colors from the darker environment of rosewood, amaranth or violet wood.” (The Industrial Art at the Universal Exhibition of 1867, 1868).

An exceptional "violin" style desk signed by Tahan Manufactory, Rivart & Andrieux and the painter Guérou.
Dated 1853-1856. Marc Maison Gallery.

The most important museums preserve objects formerly acquired by Eugénie de Montijo (Palais de Compiègne), the Count de Manneville (Cité de la Céramique of Sèvres) or the Queen for the Palazzo Pitti (Florence, Italy).
This is a perfect example of technical emulation in the mid-nineteenth century, a fertile period for the invention of airship, pasteurization or the steam motorcycle. The invention of Rivart will only be mastered by him, so that the incrustations of porcelain produced between 1850 and 1867, when he died, are unique works.

This exhibition follows the publication of the book published in collaboration with Emmanuelle Arnauld, Masterpieces of Marquetry in the 19th century, Patents., Dijon, Faton, 2012.

It will be held from 19 May to 15 August 2017 at the Marc Maison Gallery, Marché Cambo, 75 rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen (Paris Flea Market)

All information is on our website: www.marcmaison.com/expo

Phone : +33 (0)6 60 62 61 90

The exhibition's catalog


Exhibition at the Galerie Marc Maison : an exceptional furniture set created by Moses Michelangelo Guggenheim for the Palazzo Papadopoli in Venice between 1874 and 1881

A major rediscovery for the History of 19th century Italian furniture, the Galerie Marc Maison presents as world exclusive this complete furniture set counting fourteen pieces, including this sublime sculpted walnut Credenza, on the occasion of a unique exhibition in its new gallery at the Flea Market of Paris Saint-Ouen.
Under the direction of the designer and antiquarian Moses Michelangelo Guggenheim, the Palazzo Papadopoli of Venice, owned by the Aldobrandini-Papadopoli brothers, was entirely refurnished between 1874 and 1881. For this sumptuous place, Guggenheim will use decorative languages from several different periods, from Italian Renaissance to Louis XIV and Louis XVI’s reigns, furnishing every room in a precisely determined style. Thus, the Salone Delle Quattro Porte, a grand reception room of the Palazzo, was given an exceptional design inspired by Venetian 16th century, in particular through this furniture set, which was sculpted by the Stabilimento d’Arti Decorative e Industriali Guggenheim directed.

Of outstanding quality, these furniture pieces finely sculpted in walnut enable the great rediscovery of a unique artist who made the worldwide pride of Venice. A true masterpiece, this hardly equaled work, reaching the 19th century decorative arts top-level, owed Guggenheim a Gold Medal for Merit in Sciences and Arts handed by Ludwig II of Bavaria.

Period photograph of the Salone Delle Quattro Porte in Palazzo Papadopoli showing part of the furniture by Guggenheim.

The impressive style of Michelangelo Guggenheim is based on the reappropriation of antique styles, remodeled according to his taste imbued with an extraordinary historical culture. He is thus able to draw his clients into the aristocratic atmosphere of glorious ages, which seduces volunteers all across Europe to design full interiors. Such is the case of the Palazzo Papadopoli, entirely re-decorated by this amazing artist.

The monumental display cabinet from the Salone Delle Quattro Porte, Palazzo Papadopoli, Venice.

Guggenheim had to be inspired by this highly historical place built in 1560 for the powerful Coccina Family, immortalized by Veronese, a family that owned it over two centuries. In 1748, the palazzo passes in the hands of the Tiepolo, from which are the illustrious painter Giambattista Tiepolo, and his son Giandomenico, a painter as well, who made part of the decoration.
In 1864, the brothers Nicolo and Angelo Aldobrandini-Papadopoli become owners of the sublime palace. Bankers, industrialists and parliamentarians at the same time, they launched a massive work of reorganization about 1874-1875, to such extent that one could say : “the 16th century Tiepolo Palace has given birth to the 19th century Papadopoli Palace.”

This undertaking was lead by the architect Girolamo Levi and by the designer and antiquarian Moses Michelangelo Guggenheim. The first was in charge of the work of expansion and modernization of the palace, the second of interior decoration. Guggenheim created a journey through the ages inside the Palazzo Papadopoli, conceived to amaze the guests. He leaned on the rich history of the place to bring it back to life: he gives every room the luxury of a different period, from Quattrocento to 18th century, in a yet achieved harmony. Hence, the “Salone delle Quattro Porte” takes us to the scholarly atmosphere of Venetian 16th century Humanism.

The exhibition of the furniture set originating from the Salone delle Quattro Porte of the Palazzo Papadopoli in Venice, Italy, will take place from march 17th to may 15th 2017 at the Galerie Marc Maison, Marché Cambo, 75 rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen (Paris Flea Market).
All the information are on our website :  www.marcmaison.com/expo
Telephone : + 33 (0)6 60 62 61 90

The Palazzo Papadopoli on the Grand Canal of Venice.

The exhibition catalog