Napoleon III Boulle Commode with Ormolu Detailing
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Napoleon III Boulle Commode with Ormolu Detailing

 

France
19th Century
Boulle work, tortoiseshell and gilt-bronze detailing
Cm 116 high x 170 wide x 46 deep

Opulent 19th century French Napoleon III commode, with intricate Boulle tortoise shell marquetry, ormolu detailing and marble top. Three highly-detailed doors, with vaguely grotesque inlaid designs in the style of of Jean Bérain, open to reveal a rich dark wood interior. All locks function and keys are included. The craftsmanship, materials and condition are all outstanding, and this is a museum-level example of 19th century French furniture-making.

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