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Once described to the king by Colbert as “the most skilled craftsman in his profession”, Boulle created numerous pieces of furniture in bronze and marquetry. André-Charles Boulle le joailler du meuble (the "furniture jeweller"), is the most famous French cabinetmaker and the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry,  ‎Boulle's Life · ‎Boulle Work · ‎Boulle in Museums · ‎Boulle in Châteaux. The J. Paul Getty Museum owns several fine examples of marquetry, including works by André-Charles Boulle (–). In , Boulle rose from master.


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The cabinetmaker did not only use innovative techniques and aesthetics, but also created new types of furniture.

They are, moreover, the rare pieces of furniture among his numerous creations which have been andre charles boulle. Boulle also made large flat bureaus on legs, lounge tables, jewellery cases, monumental pendulum clocks and other pieces for the king.

André-Charles Boulle (Getty Museum)

See Article History Alternative Titles: Multitalented, Boulle practiced as an architect, worked in bronze and mosaic, and designed elaborate andre charles boulle. They were handed over the contents and technology of his workshops as early as Three of the four brothers are known to have died in debt.

For contrasting woods, he often used rosewood, ebony, kingwood, and other dense, dark-toned tropical species. If the sandwich, or packet, contained two layers that were light and dark, the two finalproducts would be a sheet with a light pattern on a dark background, and a reversed sheet, with a andre charles boulle pattern on a light background.

The opposite pattern was called the counterpart, or 'contrapartie'. Boulle made cabinets with both patterns andre charles boulle a single piece, or pairs of contrasting cabinets.

André Charles Boulle - Wikipedia

Brass Inlay is on the right and left. Tortoiseshell was used in thin sliced inlays onto wood and is today an important reference with regard to Boulle Work.


Despite tortoiseshell's rarity and cost, its durability, organic warmth and mottled-red aesthetics made it particularly andre charles boulle for exotic wood such as ebony. This is because it gives a sense of depth to Boulle Work.

The initial processing of tortoiseshell involves separating the layers of the scutes from the live animal's carapace by heating, and softening the plates by boiling them, in salt andre charles boulle, and thereafter flattening them under a press.


Although two pieces could be fused together by use of a hot iron, great care had to be taken not to lose the colour. Finishing and polishing was done by various techniques. The inhabitants enjoyed the status for life andre charles boulle freed then from the strict laws of the guild system and granted other legal and fiscal benefits.

The space was too small for a furniture production workshop of any scale, so basically served as a calling card or prestigious address for Boulle who still possessed his family workshop on Rue de Reims on the left bank, and was eventually granted a large space of over square meters in an andre charles boulle theatre in the Louvre.

Fromhe possessed his own foundry, a critical aspect to the originality of andre charles boulle work.

Boulle also specialized in floral marquetry in both stained and naturally colored wood.