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Rectangular porcelain-mounted cabinet on a similarly decorated table, inset with nineteen plaques, each with gilt metal border; cabinet with white marble top with pierced gilt metal gallery; on plinth base with gilt paw feet. Table with four fluted legs,

A true Francophile's collection

André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732)

Armoire c.1700

RCIN 21642

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André-Charles Boulle was furniture-maker, gilder and sculptor to Louis XIV.  George IV had a fondness for Boulle furniture but it wasn’t until he began refurbishing Windsor Castle in the 1820s that he acquired this enormous cabinet along with another of similar size. The king intended to place the two pieces in his Sitting Room at Windsor, but they were eventually installed in the Long Gallery (now known as the Grand Corridor), where they have remained to this day.

Pewter as well as brass is used in the marquetry while the general groundwork is comprised of turtle shell stained in various colours, as well as its natural colour.