Object Description

This is a fine antique French ebonised cut brass Boulle travelling dressing table box with four cut glass perfume bottles, circa 1860 in date.

The rectangular box is decorated with delicately cut brass foliate, scroll and strapwork decoration enclosing four deep cut cross and block hatching perfume bottles and stoppers, the beautiful interior is lined with its original burgundy velvet.

This is a highly decorative piece which would look lovely wherever placed.

Condition:
In really excellent condition, the cut glass is perfect,, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 11 x Width 20 x Depth 13

Dimensions in inches:
Height 4.3 x Width 7.9 x Depth 5.1

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: 08924

Object Classification

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:20 x H:11 x D:13 centimeters
  • period
  • country
  • year
    circa 1860

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