Antique French Boulle Centre Table / Bureau Plat c.1870
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This is an absolutely stunning tortoiseshell antique boulle centre table - a French bureau plat - the last word in opulent luxury, dating from around 1870.
This French bureau plat is beautifully inlaid in cut brass on tortoiseshell with winged cherubs, a cupid and flowers. In addition there is scrolling acanthus foliage and honeysuckle. The capacious frieze drawer is centred with a classical female mask and ribbon tied tasselled ormolu escutcheon. The table stands on beautiful cabriole legs.
The term ‘boulle’ comes from André-Charles Boulle (1642 – 1732), who was the French cabinetmaker generally considered to be the pre-eminent artist in the field of marquetry. His fame in marquetry led to his name being given to a fashion of inlaying known as Boulle. This antique boulle centre table is a classic example of his inimitable style.
This astonishing, intricate and breathtaking French bureau plat is an absolute masterpiece and the pinnacle of the art of marquetry. It is guaranteed to gather admiring looks and appreciation wherever it is displayed.
Condition Of This Antique Boulle Centre Table
This French bureau plat is in a great condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops as can easily be seen in the photos we have included in our picture set. Kindly take a couple of moments to look at them and satisfy yourself of this.
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If you are not pleased with this French bureau plat, we supply a 14 day money-back guarantee in conformance with the Distance Selling Regulations. If you do want to return it, you will have to pay the return shipping charges, unless we sent you something materially different to what you were anticipating or have mis-described it in some material way. You must send the article back in its' original condition and packaging.
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 75 x Width 131 x Depth 81
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 4 feet, 4 inches x Depth 2 feet, 8 inches
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Our reference: 06013w
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