Ref#29 | Description
A fine reproduced Louis XIV style ormolu mounted cut brass and tortoiseshell inlaid Boulle commode after the model by André-Charles Boulle (ca. 1710–1720), With a rectangular veined marble top inside a berried guilloche frieze and set to the front with a pair of ormolu-moulded premier partie-inlaid drawers, the sides similarly decorated with scrolling foliage, the angles headed with winged caryatids, on acanthus-sheathed cabriole legs tapering to hairy paw sabots and spiral-turned supports.
The mounts not only protect vulnerable parts of the carcass but also add a great deal of sculptural beauty to the piece. The three-dimensional acanthus-leaf scroll mount on the upper drawer beautifully echoes the two-dimensional design in the brass and tortoiseshell marquetry. Particularly noteworthy are the female figures at the corners, with their feathery matted wings contrasting with their highly burnished faces.
Available in different finishing.
110 x 65 x 90 cm
André-Charles Boulle (1642–1732) was one of the first cabinetmakers to make effective use of gilt-bronze mounts, and considered to be the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry, even "the most remarkable of all French cabinetmakers by his contemporaries as "the most skillful artisan in Paris,
" André-Charles Boulle's name is synonymous with the practice of veneering furniture with marquetry of tortoiseshell, pewter, and brass. Although he did not invent the technique, Boulle was its greatest practitioner and lent his name to its common name: boulle work. Boulle also specialized in floral marquetry in both stained and naturally colored wood. Many of his designs are illustrated in a book of engravings published around 1720.
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