A fine pair of Louis XIV style gilt bronze and shell mounted boulle ebonized armoiresthird quarter 19th century
Lot 1108
A fine pair of Louis XIV style gilt bronze and shell mounted boulle ebonized armoires
third quarter 19th century
US$ 60,000 - 80,000
£36,000 - 48,000
Lot Details
A fine pair of Louis XIV style gilt bronze and shell mounted boulle ebonized armoires
third quarter 19th century
Each with boullework and gilt bronze gadroon mounted cove cornices and canted corners above doors fitted with either contre or premiere partie boullework scrolls and Berainesque inlaid panels within gilt bronze banding; the case sides with gilt bronze trophies depicting the arts and sciences, the base fitted with a single drawer and raised on outset feet.
height 92 1/2in (234cm), width 62in (158cm) depth 21 1/2in (54cm)

Footnotes

  • Andre Charles Boulle
    (1642-1732)
    Andre Charles Boulle is considered to be one of the preeminent ebeniste of the 17th and 18th centuries, creating exquisite and intricate tortoiseshell, brass, ivory and pewter inlaid marquetry furniture. His name is synonymous with this type of work. His artistry was recognized early, before the age of 30 he had been granted a lodging in the galleries of the Louvre which Henri IV had set apart for the use of the most favored among the artists employed by the crown. To be admitted to these galleries not only signified a mark of special royal favor, but gave the privilege of freedom from the restrictions of guild system.

    Boulle worked for many years at Versailles, where the mirrored walls, the mosaic patterned floors, the inlaid paneling and the marquetry furniture in the Cabinet du Dauphin were regarded as his most remarkable work
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