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Martin Carlin - French Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Martin Carlin (1730 - 1785)

Martin Carlin was born in Germany and moved to Paris to become and ebeniste. He began working for Jean-Francois Oeben and eventually married his master’s daughter. Carlin and his wife lived a modest lifestyle and he sold his furniture only to middlemen who in turn distributed it to his wealthy clients. In 1765, Carlin began making his popular furniture decorated with porcelain plaques. Although Martin Carlin made some larger pieces— secrétaires à abattant (drop-front secretary desks), tables, and commodes— he is best known for refined small furnishings in neoclassical taste, some of them veneered with cut up panels of Chinese lacquer, which he would also have received from the hands of the marchands-merciers.

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