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Antique French Cut Brass Inlaid Cabinet Wardrobe C.1910

Antique French Cut Brass Inlaid Cabinet Wardrobe C.1910

Antique French Cut Brass Inlaid Cabinet Wardrobe C.1910


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This is an absolutely exquisite antique French rosewood and Boulle marquetry cabinet, dating from the early 20th century.

It has been accomplished in rosewood and cut brass marquetry with an amazing pair of full length doors, each with four decorative Boulle panels. Each panel has an elaborate marquetry of cut brass with inset malachite and cornelian stones.

The sides of the cabinets also have beautiful cut brass panels on rosewood ground.

The inside of the doors have the Contra Boulle marquetry of the panels on the outside, ie positive and negative Boulle.

The interior is of Noce Daniela Walnut with a brass hanging rail and two drawers in the centre, these drawers can easily be removed if you wish to use the cabinet as a full length wardrobe. The interior of the drawers is beautifully finished in green tinted burr ash.

The decorative gallery and finials are of gilt wood as are the mouldings around the top and base.

The cabinet is complete with a beautiful working lock with the original key and has wonderful hand made brass bolts and hinges.

This delicious cabinet is an outstanding example of craftsmanship and could serve any purpose. A truly gorgeous item, it deserve pride of place in any furniture collection.


In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 142 x Width 72 x Depth 34

Dimensions in inches:

Height 4 feet, 8 inches x Width 2 feet, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot, 1 inch

André-Charles Boulle
(1642 - 1732) was the French cabinetmaker who is generally considered to be the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry. His fame in marquetry led to his name being given to a fashion of inlaying known as Boulle (or in 19th-century Britain, Buhl work).

Boulle appears to have been originally a painter, since the first payment to him by the crown of which there is any record (1669) specifies ouvrages de peinture. He was employed for many years at Versailles, where the mirrored walls, the floors of wood mosaic, the inlaid panelling and the marquetry furniture in the Cabinet du Dauphin were regarded as his most remarkable work. These rooms were long since dismantled and their contents dispersed, but Boulle's drawings for the work are in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

His royal commissions were numerous, as we learn both from the Comptes des B timents du Roi and from the correspondence of Louvois. Not only the most magnificent of French monarchs, but foreign princes and the great nobles and financiers of his own country crowded to him with commissions, and the mot of the abbé de Marolles, Boulle y lourne en ovale, has become a stock quotation in the literature of French cabinetmaking.

Rosewood is a rich warm reddish brown wood that has a distinct grain with dark brown and black outlining. One variety of Rosewood can vary significantly from another even though it is of the same species. These Rosewoods, native of India, South East Asia and Brazil, were dense and awkward to work with. It was renowned for quickly bluntening cutting tools and visibly darkening in colour when over prepared.

The Brazilian species of Rosewood was by far the most beautifully figured and therefore it became the most sought after and rare. This was the wood of choice for the great box makers, David and Thomas Edwards who used it to veneer some of their finest pieces.


W72.0 x H142.0 x D34.0 cm



Wear condition


Date of manufacture



19th Century




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