This is stunning Louis XVI style Boulle credenza. There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is certain to make it a talking point in your home.
The credenza is ebonised and is beautifully decorated with fabulous ormolu mounts. It has a stunningverde antico marble top, a central door, which opens to reveal useful storage space, and glazed bow doors on either side, ideal to display your collectables..
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition.
The Sun King imposed magnificence.
Jean-Charles Lebrun was in charge of the royal Gobelin works from 1667. Jean Berain followed him, introducing a lighter style. André-Charles Boulle created revolutionary marquetry : alternated effects of metal on pairs of items : coper, pewter, even silver, tnted tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl. This technique was widely copied especially under Napoleon III. Art at Versailles was in all its glory with its decorators and cabinets-makers.
Macé, Sommer, Poitou, Pierre Gole, Cucci, Alexandre Oppenordt, Levasseur.
Furniture : the commode appeared at the end of the XVII century and became very fashionable. The vord "console" was used. The bureau plat replaced the Mazarin bureau with its eight legs. Chairs were varied, ranging from the high-backed padded armchair to the stool. Legs were figural, baluster, claw.
Mirrors, chandelier, candelabra became more common, the cabinet arrived from Italy.
Materials : sculptured, veneered, inlaid : ebony and precious woods were imported to Paris, pear and natural woods were used in the provinces.
Types of decoration : the sun was the royal emblem. The fleur-de-lis remained. Faces of gods, bearded fauns, nymphs, goddesses, allegories, arabesques, cornucopia, foliage abounded. Gilded bronze decoration was popular.
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