AN IMPORTANT 19TH CENTURY BOULLE CABINET - REF No. 4023
H: 53 1/2 in / 136 cm ; W: 91 1/2 in / 232.5 cm ; D: 21 1/2 in / 54.5 cm
A magnificent 19th century French gilt-bronze mounted ebony and ebonised, cut-brass, pewter and red tortoiseshell marquetry cabinet in the Boulle style, the rectangular top with brass mounted rim over decorated ormolu frieze above four reeded brass inlaid pillars with brass capitals, the exceptional centre door profusely decorated with ormolu scrolls and head mounts, flanked by two glazed doors decorated in red boulle and silver inlay, the interior fitted with shelves, the base with four Bacchic masks terminating on turned tapering toupie ormolu mounted feet.
Provenance: The Long Hall, Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny.
André-Charles Boulle (11 November 1642 – 28 February 1732) was the French cabinetmaker who is generally considered to be the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry, even "the most remarkable of all French cabinetmakers." His fame in marquetry led to his name being given to the fashion he perfected of inlaying brass and tortoiseshell, known as Boulle (or, in 19th-century Britain, Buhl work).