Boulle Marquetry Commodes

  • These commodes are based on the marquetry of the legendary cabinetmaker André-Charles Boulle
  • Boulle work, as it is called, is an elaborate design of gilded brass and tortoiseshell or ebony
  • The pair beautifully demonstrates the exceptional qualities of Boulle artistry
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Item No. 31-5105

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This opulent pair of Napoleon III-era commodes are decorated in the style of celebrated ébéniste André-Charles Boulle. Crafted of intricate ebony, tortoiseshell and brass marquetry, the pieces beautifully demonstrate the exceptional qualities of Boulle artistry, boasting intertwining acanthus, floral and insect motifs for a luxurious effect. At the sides, doré bronze putti musicians stand atop scrolling embellishments, while the base is decorated with a female mask in the center and two large acanthus leaves on either side. A Languedoc red marble top and bronze feet complete the elegant design. This pair exemplifies the pinnacle of 19th-century cabinetmaking and exemplifies the lavishly ornamented marquetry for which Boulle was renowned.

During the late 17th and early 18th century, Boulle revolutionized French furniture design, developing the distinctive ornate marquetry technique that today bears his name. Boulle marquetry utilizes a complex technique whereby gilded brass and tortoiseshell are cut into arabesque and floral designs, resulting in an exquisite finish. Prized among collectors for its intricacy and timeless appeal, Boulle marquetry is at its best on pieces such as this pair of Louis XIV-style commodes.

Circa 1850

Each 26 3/4" wide x 17 1/8" deep x 43 7/8" high
Boulle Marquetry Commodes
Period: 19th Century
Origin: France
Type: Commodes/Chests
Depth: 17.13 Inches
Width: 26.75 Inches
Height: 43.88 Inches
Style: Louis XIV
Boulle Marquetry Commodes
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