Painted furniture

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The interest for painted furniture appeared in the late 17th C when the East India Company began importing  Chinese furniture with their bright lacquer.  In the 18th C the Martin brothers produced an imitation lacquer - the famous Vernis Martin -  and painted furniture became very popular.  Painted furniture was a way of imitating high Parisian fashion but also a way of hiding poorer materials like ordinary wood or painting imitation marble tops.  Regions quickly developped their own styles and patterns as for example the armoire from Alsace

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