Boulle Commode, ca. 1710–32
Commode, ca. 1710–32 André-Charles Boulle (1642–1732)


Date: ca. 1710–32

André-Charles Boulle (1642–1732)


Walnut veneered with ebony and marquetry of engraved brass and tortoiseshell, gilt-bronze mounts, verd antique marble top;

Dimension: H. 34 1/2 x W. 50 1/2 x D. 24 3/4 in. (87.6 x 128.3 x 62.9 cm)

The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (1982.60.82)

This commode is of the same design and construction as the pair that was made by Boulle for the bedchamber of Louis XIV at the Grand Trianon in 1708.

Although this model was copied a number of times during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, this example appears to be an early version made in Boulle’s own workshop.

Appointed to the ébéniste du roi (royal cabinetmaker) in 1672, Boulle did not invent but perfected the marquetry technique of brass and tortoiseshell that has been named for him. So-called Boulle work is created by glueing together sheets of tortoiseshell and brass which are then cut according to the desired design. Once cut, the layers can be combined to form either a tortoiseshell ground inlaid with engraved brass or a brass ground inlaid with tortoiseshell, known as first part and counterpart respectively.

Clock with Pedestal (Pendule sur gaine)

Working Title/Artist: Clock with pedestal (Pendule sur gaine)

Data: ca. 1690

Movement by Jacques III Thuret (French, 1669–1738) or more likely his father, Isaac II Thuret (French, 1630–1706); Case by André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642–1732) after designs supplied by Jean Berain (French, 1640–1711)

Case: oak, with brass and engraved pewter inlay on a tortoiseshell ground, and gilt-bronze mounts;
Dial: gilt brass with enamel numerals;
Movement: brass and steel;

Dimensions: 87 1/4 x 14 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. (221.62 x 37.47 x 29.53 cm)

Rogers Fund, 1958 (58.53)

Clock with Pedestal (Pendule sur gaine), ca. 1690
Working Title: Clock with pedestal (Pendule sur gaine)
Clock with Pedestal (Pendule sur gaine), ca. 1690
Working Title: Clock with Pedestal (Pendule sur gaine), ca. 1690 Online Publications Edited By Michelle Ma for TOAH 09/02/15