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boulle style lady desk

Ref#D-1141 | Description

A delicate French Louis-XIV André Charles Boulle style ormolu-mounted tortoiseshell and engraved brass marquetry and ebony finish Lady’s desk,

The three drawers desk is raised by four elegant cabriole legs decorated by richly top chased ormolu acanthus volute chutes and terminated with handsome volute acanthus ormolu sabots,

The elegant inset gilt-tooled leather top surrounded with intricate tortoiseshell and brass marquetry inlay and bordered with a finely hammered foliate ormolu band above the three drawers,

The three drawers, the sides and the back are inlaid with tortoiseshell and brass marquetry, bordered with highly detailed foliate ormolu filets in a satin and burnish finish,

Each drawer has foliate ormolu handles with ormolu keyhole escutcheon to the central recessed drawer. The bureau de dame is offered with a matching boulle style office chair per request.

Ref# D-1141


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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.