Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870
Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870
Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870
Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870
Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870
Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870
Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870
Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870
Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870
Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870
Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870
Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870
Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870
Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870
Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870

Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870

c. 1870 France

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This is an absolutely stunning, antique, French tortoiseshell and cut brass 'boulle', ebonised centre table with fabulous ormolu mounts, c.1870 in date.

The table is beautifully inlaid in cut brass on tortoiseshell with winged cherubs, a cupid and flowers. In addition there is scrolling acanthus foliage and honeysuckle. The capacious frieze drawer is centred with a classical female mask and ribbon tied tasselled ormolu escutcheon. The table stands on beautiful cabriole legs.

It is an absolute masterpiece which is sure to get a lot attention wherever it is placed.

Condition:
You are viewing this fabulous bureau plat in its excellent original untouched condition. Any restoration which is required will be done before delivery and this is included in the price.


Dimensions in cm:

Height 76 x Width 145 x Depth 89

Dimensions in inches:

Height 29.9 x Width 57.1 x Depth 35.0
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 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.

Ormolu (from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as 'gilt bronze'.

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copper, brass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt (also known as vermeil).
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