Furniture lovers appreciate any style, may be it’s not the one we would choose for our homes, but we  know how to appreciate a good cabinet as a work of art, and admire it as we would do with a famous painting.

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That’s why, this week we jump from the completely actual design of Busk+Hertzog to which we dedicate the post last week,  to the purest classicism with Andrè Charles Boulle.

andre charles boulle

With Boulle we travel to the  French court of the seventeenth century. Although he worked for other courts, such as Spanish or German, and for clients of the nobility and bourgeoisie of his time, his works  for the Palace of Versailles are the best known.

Recognized among the other craftsmen of the moment as “the most skilled craftsman in Paris”, he popularized marquetry with materials as tortoiseshell,  ivory, metal …. so much so, that the technique he used nowadays it’s known as  “technique Boulle”.

andre charles boulle

His position as a cabinetmaker and sculptor Louis XIV allowed him to work the golden bronze .

His furniture was designed for large and luxurious rooms. We find desks, dressers, chests, clocks, … all with his trademark: inlaid with arabesques, floral or landscape details.

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Currently his works are spread between the Chateau de Versailles, the Louvre, the Royal Palace Windsord, and private collections of the Marques de Vogue and  Richard Wallace.

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