Object Description

This is a beautiful antique French ebonised cut brass red “Boulle” jewellery casket labelled Zimberg, Paris, circa 1860 in date.

The shaped casket has canted corners and a beautiful hinged cover with delicate cut brass Boulle inlaid decoration.. The mahogany interior features various compartments with lift out trays finished with boxwood bands and has the original lock and key.

There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is sure to make it a treasured piece for any discerning collector.

Condition:
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 6 x Width 32 x Depth 24

Dimensions in inches:
Height 2.4 x Width 12.6 x Depth 9.4

André-Charles Boulle
(1642 – 1732) was the French cabinetmaker who is generally considered to be the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry. His fame in marquetry led to his name being given to a fashion of inlaying known as Boulle (or in 19th-century Britain, Buhl work).

Boulle appears to have been originally a painter, since the first payment to him by the crown of which there is any record (1669) specifies ouvrages de peinture. He was employed for many years at Versailles, where the mirrored walls, the floors of wood mosaic, the inlaid panelling and the marquetry furniture in the Cabinet du Dauphin were regarded as his most remarkable work. These rooms were long since dismantled and their contents dispersed, but Boulle’s drawings for the work are in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

His royal commissions were numerous, as we learn both from the Comptes des B timents du Roi and from the correspondence of Louvois. Not only the most magnificent of French monarchs, but foreign princes and the great nobles and financiers of his own country crowded to him with commissions, and the mot of the abbé de Marolles, Boulle y lourne en ovale, has become a stock quotation in the literature of French cabinetmaking.

Our reference: 08985E

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