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André-Charles Boulle's furniture had elaborate inlays and was much copied

André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732)

Armoire c.1700

Oak, ebony, tortoiseshell, brass, pewter, kingwood, rosewood, mahogany, gilt bronze | 262.6 x 167.0 x 62.8 cm | RCIN 21642

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Armoire attributed to André-Charles Boulle (RCIN 21630) ©

Monumental wardrobes (armoires) of this type were intended principally for display and are among the most magnificent and harmonious of Boulle’s creations. The large flat surfaces provided a perfect vehicle for the display of Boulle’s extraordinary skills as a designer and technician, allowing him to combine intricate marquetry of rich materials and finely modelled gilt bronze mounts (which he also designed and made) within a grand architectural framework.

George IV had a particular fondness for Boulle furniture but it was not until he began the refurbishment of Windsor Castle in the 1820s that he acquired this piece as well as another wardrobe of similar large dimensions, pictured here.

  • Creator(s)

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    André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) (furniture maker)

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    Morel & Seddon (restorer)

    France (nationality)

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  • 262.6 x 167.0 x 62.8 cm (whole object)

  • Purchased by George IV at Phillips sale (anon.), London, 25 June 1825 (375); bought for £199 10s, and fitted with new interior by Morel and Seddon. Delivered to Morel and Seddon 1 October 1828 and later sent ot Windsor Castle.

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