Manner of Andre-Charles Boulle


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Manner of Andre-Charles Boulle

A Fine Louis XIV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Boulle Marquetry Barometer

French, Circa 1870

REF No. B75311

dimensions

Height :117 cm | 46 in
Width :8 cm | 3¹/₈ in
Depth :10 cm | 4 in

description

A Fine Louis XIV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Boulle Marquetry Barometer in The Manner of Andre Charles Boulle.

Dating from the late nineteenth century this fine barometer is inspired by a model attributed to André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732), and after the work of Jean Berain and Gilles--Marie Oppenordt.

In 1775, five similar examples by Boulle were documented. Of these, one is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum collection in London (Reference O224261), and another is in the musée des Arts et Metiers in Paris (Reference  05611-0000).

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.

Boulle style furniture held its popularity and prestige throughout the eighteenth century and into the nineteenth century.  The Rothschilds, the Marquess of Hertford and Henry Clay Frick were amongst a number of wealthy individuals who commissioned Boulle inspired pieces from important makers, such as Sormani, Zwiener, Beurdeley and Blake.  Many of these nineteenth century pieces took their places comfortably side by side with their predecessors from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in great houses such as Mentmore.

French, Circa 1870.

maker

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 & Pröschel, Peter. 'Vergoldete Bronzen', Vol. II, Klinkhardt & Biermann (Munich), 1986; p.48, fig. 1.5.2.  Also, p.49, Fig. 1.5.4 for a related barometer.

Andre-Charles Boulle

A Fine Louis XIV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Boulle Marquetry Barometer







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