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Fine Red Tortoiseshell Boulle Desk

A fine 19th Century red tortoiseshell Boulle Desk, with lavish premier-partie tortoiseshell inlaid with engraved brass after 17th-century designs by draughtsman Jean Berain. The fielded top with a gilt bronze border above a curved front with a single drawer with blue lacquer panel flanked by drawers. The desk finished on all sides, the verso, identical but with dummy drawers and the sides finished with fine well chased gilt bronze satyr masks, the whole raised on cabriole legs mounted with classical female masks and bold acanthus leaves with gilt bronze lion paw feet.

Height 79cm (31in)
Width 125cm (49in)
Depth 67cm (26.5in)

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Fine Red Tortoiseshell Boulle Desk

Magnificent works by French Cabinet Maker Andre Charles Boulle (1642-1732) can be seen in the greatest museums throughout Europe and America. In London, we are fortunate to have the Wallace Collection, which houses ones of the very finest collections of Boulle furniture produced during the reign of Louis XIV.

Even during his lifetime collectors coveted the works of Andre Charles Boulle for the extraordinary technique and skill which was so evident in the finished pieces. His name quickly became synonymous with the technique regardless of who actually made the piece.

Our desk is of exceptional quality and a faithful interpretation of the 17th-century originals.