André Sornay (1902 - 2000)
Green-lacquered wooden cabinet.
With airbrushed paintwork.
Base and handle in copper-colored metal.
Six shelves in oak inside.
Height : 65.7 inches
Length : 35.4 inches
Depth : 19.7 inches
Sornay experimented very early on with the newly available lacquers that presented attractive alternatives to oriental ones. Sornay was particularly keen on Duco lacquer. This was developed for General Motors by the research and development department of the American firm Dupont in 1924. It was a sprayable nitrocellulose lacquer, initially designed for the car industry, and it dried far more quickly than anything else available at the time. It came in various colours, notably ‘Rhône’ green which Sornay was particularly fond of. He started to use this technique prior to 1930 on a significant number of pieces of furniture, using an airbrush to produce clouded effects.