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French Louis XV style ormolu-mounted black color partner bureau plat on the manner of Andre Charles Boulle

Ref#D-B24 | Description

A grandiose French Louis XV style gilt-ormolu-mounted black color partner bureau plat on the manner of Andre Charles Boulle,

The shaped eared top with three sectional gilt-tooled leather writing surfaces above scalloped frieze with three drawers have foliate ormolu handles and bordered with hammered ormolu borders. The central drawer with ormolu foliate keyhole escutcheon and separated from the side drawers with elegant C shaped ormolu floral gadroons,

Raised on a robust cabriole legs surmounted with ormolu winged caryatids on acanthus-sheathed. The tapering cabriole legs terminate with ormolu leafy paw sabots,

The scalloped shaped sides framed with fine chiseled floral strip centered with a fine chiseled satin and burnish finished Satyr mask. The back has three faux drawers same to the front.

Ref# D-B24


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André-Charles Boulle

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.