EXQUISITE BOULLE BUREAU DE DAME


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An extremely pretty, Napoleon 111 (around 1860), 'Boulle' ladies writing desk. Boulle work refers to the extremely delicate art of cutting out, by hand, the highly intricate pieces of brass and red tortoiseshell and inlaying them into ebonised wood. This type of highly skilled marquetry was perfected by Andre-Charles Boulle who worked for Louis XV.

This elegantly proportioned bureau has ormolu mounts, pretty sabots and a vermilion felt writing pad. There are two small drawers, a sliding lid tray and a top tray. The bureau is likely to be made from beech wood with an exterior of ebony veneer or ebonised wood. The interior appears to be a rosewood veneer.

The Boulle work is not in perfect condition and has some inlay missing. The felt writing pad is damaged. The key does not appear to be the original and does not work. There is some damage to the veneers. Ink has been spilled on the inside of the sliding tray. The V&A museum has an interesting video showing how Boulle work is created.

This is a rare and beautiful piece, the bureau is a masterpiece of antique furniture, and is sure to get a lot of admiration.

71cm wide, 91cm high, 46cm deep.

Collection in person. Due to the intricate nature of this item couriers would not be recommended. Delivery is available at additional cost.

 

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