Louis XIV

Sold at Christies in 2004 for USD  $1,688,000

A FINE AND RARE LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED EBONY, BRASS AND TORTOISESHELL BOULLE MARQUETRY COMMODE (“TABLE EN BUREAU”) CIRCA 1710, ATTRIBUTED TO ANDRÉ-CHARLES BOULLE, STAMPED, E.J. CUVELLIER (WHO RAISED THE HEIGHT AND ADDED THE MARBLE BEFORE 1780)

the bleu Turquin marble top surrounded by a finely chiselled ormolu rim, the frieze with a border of ormolu egg-and dart and double brass banding; the front with a pair of shaped drawers fitted with ormolu drop handles and outlined with chiselled ormolu borders marked at the corners with rosettes, flanking a mask of Bacchus, the apron outlined with ormolu borders centered by acanthus leaf scolls, raised on cabriole legs outlined with boldly scrolled ormolu acanthus leaves continuing to scrolled sabots; the sides fitted with ormolu borders matching the drawers centered by an ormolu Bacchic mask; the drawers, legs and sides veneered in panels of première partie Boulle marquetry in brass on a ground of brown tortoiseshell forming scrolling foliate tendrils and flowerheads,

André-Charles Boulle 1642-1732, Ebéniste, Ciseleur, Doreur et Sculpteur du Roi 1672-1732