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In the manner of ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE (1642-1742) Full Bio

A Louis XIV Tortoiseshell Clock and Barometer Set

In the manner of ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE (1642-1742) Full Bio

A Louis XIV Tortoiseshell Clock and Barometer Set

REF No. B64761

France, Circa 1840

H   107 cm | 42 in
W   26 cm | 10 in

Each with a plaque bearing the signature 'Gaudron a Paris', serial no. '1854' and the barometer further signed 'Cazartelli selon Teoricelli'.

André-Charles Boulle (d.1732), appointed 'Ebéniste, Ciseleur, Doreur et Sculpteur du Roi' in 1672, is among the greatest ébénistes of all time. His fame was such that his name has become synonymous with a whole generic furniture type.

In the first decades of the eighteenth century, while still exploiting the common practice of contrasting black ebony against the gold of gilded bronze and brass, silver-toned pewter and often red-coloured tortoiseshell in marquetry, Boulle introduced light, playful designs enlivened with small-scale, lacy designs of playful singeries, garlands of flowers and airy architectural fantasies. First popularised as a technique in his work for the French Court during the reign of Louis XIV, the style has since been associated with the most opulent and expensive designs.

Ottomeyer, Hans and Proschel, Peter (1986), Vergoldete Bronzen, Vol II, Munich; p.48, fig. 1.5.2. Also, p.49, Fig. 1.5.4 for a related barometer.

Artist Biography

André-Charles Boulle (d.1732), appointed 'Ebéniste, Ciseleur, Doreur et Sculpteur du Roi' in 1672, is among the greatest ébénistes of all time. His fame was such that his name has become synonymous with a whole generic furniture type.

In the first decades of the eighteenth century, while still exploiting the common practice of contrasting black ebony against the gold of gilded bronze and brass, silver-toned pewter and often red-coloured tortoiseshell in marquetry, Boulle introduced light, playful designs enlivened with small-scale, lacy designs of playful singeries, garlands of flowers and airy architectural fantasies. First popularised as a technique in his work for the French Court during the reign of Louis XIV, the style has since been associated with the most opulent and expensive designs.

Literature

Ottomeyer, Hans and Proschel, Peter (1986), Vergoldete Bronzen, Vol II, Munich; p.48, fig. 1.5.2. Also, p.49, Fig. 1.5.4 for a related barometer.

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