This is stunning Louis XVI style Boulle credenza. There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is certain to make it a talking point in your home.
The credenza is ebonised and is beautifully decorated with fabulous ormolu mounts. It has a stunningverde antico marble top, a central door, which opens to reveal useful storage space, and glazed bow doors on either side, ideal to display your collectables..
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition.
French cabinetmakerBoulle also spelled Boule or Buhl
born Nov. 11, 1642, Paris, France died Feb. 28, 1732, Paris
one of France’s leading cabinetmakers, whose fashion of inlaying, called boulle, or buhl, work, swept Europe and was heavily imitated during the 18th and 19th centuries. Multitalented, Boulle practiced as an architect, worked in bronze and mosaic, and designed elaborate monograms.
As a young man, Boulle studied drawing, painting, and sculpture; his fame as the most skillful furniture designer in Paris led to his being chosen, in 1672, by Louis XIV to succeed Jean Macé as royal cabinetmaker at Versailles
Boulle’s style is characterized by elaborate adornment with brass (occasionally engraved) and tortoiseshell marquetry. Although the technique of marquetry was originally used by 16th-century Italian craftsmen, Boulle developed it to a fine art. He incorporated exotic woods from India and South America. His personal collection of master drawings, prints, and paintings, from which he extracted much of his inspiration, included works by the 15th–16th-century Italian artist Raphael, the 17th-century Flemish artist Rubens, and the 17th-century Italian engraver Stefano della Bella.
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