CARLIN, Martin
(b. ca. 1730, Freiburg, d. 1785, Paris)


French cabinet-maker of German birth. He emigrated to Paris to become an ébéniste. He settled there with other German and Flemish craftsmen and took employment in the workshop of Jean-François Oeben, whose sister he married.

Carlin was particularly known for his furniture decorated with Sèvres porcelain plaques, which he began to make in 1765, following designs supplied by the dealer Poirier. Although he made a certain number of larger pieces, secrétaires, tables, and commodes, Carlin's most popular works were small, portable, and extremely elegant items such as small tables, music stands, and jewel cabinets. A master of the Neoclassical style, he also produced works set with lacquer panels and veneers of mahogany.

He sold his works exclusively to middlemen such as the marchands-merciers Simon-Philippe Poirier and Dominique Daguerre.

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