This is an absolutely stunning antique French Boulle & cut brass inkstand circa 1860 in date.
It is expertly inlaid with foliate stylised foliage decoration in cut brass,
There is a beautiful quill tray which provides ample storage for your pens and a silverplate lidded glass ink pot.
It is a beautiful piece which would make a fabulous desk accessory.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 9 x Width 28 x Depth 28
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3.5 x Width 11.0 x Depth 11.0
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 paneling and the marquetery 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: 05631E