Two toilet caskets, attributed to André-Charles Boulle, c. 1685 - c. 1690

Two toilet caskets, attributed to André-Charles Boulle, c. 1685 - c. 1690

naaldhout en eikenhout, belijmd met schildpad, messing en tin, verguld brons, h 139.8cm × w 91.7cm × d 66.7cm. More details

These caskets on stands probably served no practical purpose. They were made as works of art, to add lustre to a princely chamber. They are ornamented with marquetry of tortoiseshell and brass, supplemented with some pewter. Boulle specialized in this technique, which is known as boullework. The shape of the fittings accords well with the patterns of the marquetry.

On display in gallery 2.23 André-Charles Boulle

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