Phillip & Kelvin Laverne Chin Ying Bronze Coffee Table, Rare MassiveAutomaton Vintage Furnishings
Stunning example of Phillip and Kelvin Laverne "Chin Ying" coffee table, produced in 1965. The scene depicted on the table's surface takes place the imperial palace where elegant ladies of the court are illustrated celebrating the rites of spring. The figures are detailed by the use of hand-applied enamel cloisonné exhibiting an array of colors and the subdued background is made up of patinated bronze and pewter which has be expertly sculpted and acid etched. The Laverne signature can be found in the bottom left quadrant of the scene.
The Chin Ying scene shares similarities with the more common "Chan" scene and is often confused as the same. This, much more rare example, is exemplified by the large 70" size and the angular pattern of the sculptural base that makes up the legs. The exotic use of acid-etched bronze and pewter over wood coupled with the years of developed patina make this an extraordinarily unique and coveted item, something for both art collectors and interior designers to rejoice over.
The intricate craftsmanship and clean lines of this coffee table makes this piece Apt for a number of locations and can be part of a living room, den, office or bedroom concept. It would also be great in a hospitality or corporate location, such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium.
Measurements: 17" H x 70" W x 30" D
Very good vintage condition. Table is structurally sound. As expected with age and use typical with Laverne pieces, surface shows signs of patina and losses to some of the enamel. Though this does not compromise the beauty and expert craftsmanship applied to fabricate this piece.