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Anne Midavaine

  • Atelier Midavaine
  • Lacquerer
  • Paris, France
  • Master Artisan
Anne Midavaine Lacquerer
French, English
By appointment only
+33 143806894
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A craft of patience and discipline

  • • Lacquering is anchored in traditional materials
  • • A single piece can take Anne up to eight months
  • • She considers lacquer to be a very demanding material

When Anne Midavaine gave up her first career to take over her father’s workshop in 1994, she had to step into a pair of men’s shoes. But when it’s her turn to pass on the baton, she says with good humour, the person will need to fit her high heels. Although Midavaine insists upon the difference between an artist’s work and an artisan’s work, the craftsmanship produced by Atelier Midavaine is both creative and stunning. These are true works of art: from large-scale lacquer panelling and folding screens to elegant furniture of all shapes and sizes, as well as delicate, decorative objects. Proud of the workshop’s long history, Anne reminds us that lacquer involves a delicate dialogue between Asia and Europe.

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Panthère au Valhalla

This large lacquered piece, covering three folding panels, was created for Maison Cartier in Copenhagen. Nordic tales, royal diadems from Cartier Heritage and the emblematic Cartier panther inspired the design of the intricately detailed panels.

Height 211 cm
Length 350 cm

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Plateau de table

Designed to be placed on a table top, this tray was copied from a piece of furniture in Louis XVI style. Anne used Japanese lacquer techniques, incorporating gold leaf and powder to bring this design and its sharp contrasts to life.

Height 50 cm
Length 75 cm

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Paravent aux ours, Louis Midavaine 1936

This large lacquered screen, comprising five large panels, was crafted by Louis Midavaine, Anne’s grandfather, in 1936. It has become the emblem of the Atelier Midavaine. The inspiration came from works exhibited at the time in the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

Height 2 cm
Length 3 cm

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Tables gemmes

These three small tables were created for the Révélations 2019 craft and creation biennial held in the Grand Palais, Paris. The bronze tables with tops lacquered in various tones were inspired by emerald and ruby jewellery.

Height 40 cm
Width 60
Length 30 cm

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