Ebony and Brass Boulle Marquetry Casket by Maison Vervelle

  • The exceptional casket is 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
  • This Napoleon III-era box was created by the celebrated French cabinetmakers Maison Vervelle
  • This casket beautifully demonstrates the exceptional qualities of Boulle artistry
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Item No. 31-2431

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This opulent Napoleon III-era casket is decorated in the style of celebrated ébéniste André-Charles Boulle. Crafted of intricate ebony and brass marquetry, the box beautifully demonstrates the exceptional qualities of Boulle artistry, boasting stunning scrolls and flowers for a luxurious effect. At the top, a hinged lid displaying the original owner's monogram opens up to reveal a small storage compartment lined with a deep blue velvet. Inside, the casket is lined with a rich kingwood veneer which hides a secret compartment in the lower section. Created by the renowned French firm Maison Vervelle, this casket exemplifies the pinnacle of 19th-century cabinetmaking.

Boulle marquetry, developed and perfected by André-Charles Boulle during the 17th century, is an elaborate design of gilded brass and tortoiseshell 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 a piece such as this Louis XIV-style casket.

Lockplate engraved "Fabrique de la Maison VERVELLE rue Montmorency Feydeau 1. a PARIS pres la Place de la Bourse"

Circa 1850

27" wide x 19" deep x 14 1/2" high
Ebony and Brass Boulle Marquetry Casket by Maison Vervelle
Period: 19th Century
Origin: France
Type: Decorative Boxes
Depth: 19.0 Inches
Width: 27.0 Inches
Height: 14.5 Inches

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