Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Today's WORD-A-DAY: VERNIS MARTIN
Vernis Martin (which simply means "Martin varnish") is a type of lacquer named for the French brothers Guillaume and Etienne-Simon Martin, who perfected a method of producing a European version of Chinese lacquer in the 18th century. Used to decorate items as big as furniture and coaches and as small as perfume bottles and snuff boxes, in 1740, the Martins patented their lacquer method, and Vernis-Martin became a hit throughout Europe. It is rare and highly collectible today.