A superb Boulle-work tripod table


  • £4,750.00
  • €5,627 Euro
  • $6,518 US Dollar

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A superb Boulle-work tripod table

A superb Boulle tortoiseshell, marquetry tripod table, with gilt lacquered brass molding and mounts and beautifully inlaid with brass, pewter tortoiseshell and ebony. 740mm high, 410mm wide and 360mm deep. Circa 1840. Whilst we are not attributing this table directly to André-Charles Boulle, it certainly came from a very fine workshop.

André-Charles Boulle, le joailler du meuble, became the most famous French cabinetmaker and the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry, also known as "inlay". Boulle was "the most remarkable of all French cabinetmakers". Jean-Baptiste Colbert recommended him to Louis XIV of France, the "Sun King", as "the most skilled craftsman in his profession". Over the centuries since his death, his name and that of his family has become associated with the art he perfected, the inlay of tortoiseshell, brass and pewter into ebony. It has become known as Boulle Work, and the École Boulle, a college of fine arts and crafts and applied arts in Paris, continues today to bear testimony to his enduring art, the art of inlay.


  • H: 74cm (29.13in)
  • W: 41cm (16.14in)
  • D: 36cm (14.17in)


Circa 1840

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W J Gravener Antiques is a family owned business, started in 1963 by William who was joined by son, Mark in 1981 and continues today with the same ethos of dealing in fine quality English and Continental furniture, mirrors and decorative objects from the 18th & 19th centuries. Now under the stewardship of Mark and his wife, Louise, we take pride in maintaining the high standards which William set more than 50 years ago.

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