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"Boulle" Meuble d'appui attributed to Befort Jeune, France circa 1870
"Boulle" Meuble d'appui attributed to Befort Jeune, France circa 1870 - Furniture Style Napoléon III "Boulle" Meuble d'appui attributed to Befort Jeune, France circa 1870 - "Boulle" Meuble d'appui attributed to Befort Jeune, France circa 1870 - Napoléon III Antiquités - "Boulle" Meuble d'appui attributed to Befort Jeune, France circa 1870
Ref : 101544
38 000 €
Period :
19th century
Provenance :
France
Medium :
Ebony, Brass, Tortoise-shell, Gilded bronze
Dimensions :
l. 67.32 inch X H. 51.38 inch X P. 18.9 inch
Furniture  - "Boulle" Meuble d'appui attributed to Befort Jeune, France circa 1870 19th century - "Boulle" Meuble d'appui attributed to Befort Jeune, France circa 1870 Napoléon III - "Boulle" Meuble d'appui attributed to Befort Jeune, France circa 1870 Antiquités - "Boulle" Meuble d'appui attributed to Befort Jeune, France circa 1870
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"Boulle" Meuble d'appui attributed to Befort Jeune, France circa 1870

Opening with three front doors. Ebony veneer inlaid with a brass « Boulle » marquetry on tortoise-shell, inspired by Jean Bérain’s ornamentation studies. Adorned with ormolu mounts, such as masks, leafy lion claws and figural casts representing Spring and Winter. Standing on six feet.

Biography :
From 1844 to 1880, Mathieu Befort (1816-c.1880) also named Befort The Young worked as a « Boulle » style furniture craftsman at Neuve-Saint-Gilles Street in Paris.

André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) is considered to be the true inventor of 17th century French furniture. Soon after he was discovered by Colbert, Boulle became the « first cabinet-maker of the king », his full title being « architect, painter, mosaic sculptor, engraver, marquetry craftsman, and inventor of figures». Thus started for him the beginning of a period of great renown. With his royal privilege, Boulle was able to combine different activities usually restricted by corporations. Henceforth he worked as a master tortoiseshell and bronze marquetry craftsman, with such innovations as motifs both in the foreground and in the background. He also innovated by making a generous use of bronze, to decorate but also to protect the pieces of furniture. These innovations brought him fame throughout centuries.

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