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

After André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732)

Pair of pedestals c.1770

RCIN 20549

Grand Reception Room, Windsor Castle

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Pedestals of this sturdy form, with the characteristic scrolled and fringed apron at the front (often veneered with blue-tinted tortoiseshell and pewter marquetry) and bold gilt bronze foliage mounts at the side, are among the most familiar and often repeated of the furniture designs of André-Charles Boulle.

Many later eighteenth century versions also exist, some stamped by makers such as E. Levasseur or N.P. Séverin who specialised in the manufacture and repair of Boulle furniture. The Royal Collection pedestals appear to belong to this later group. George IV’s enjoyment of Boulle furniture did not extend to the acquisition of any pedestals of this model. However, his brother Frederick, Duke of York, who shared many of his tastes, possessed three pairs. These pedestals were presented to King George V and Queen Mary in 1936.