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Early 19th Century Boulle Shaving Stand and Mirror
Presented for sale is an early 19th century Boulle shaving stand with uprights holding a swivel frame inset with mirror. The stand contains a single drawer. The mirror is embellished with cutout brass, agate, cornelian, and mother of pearl inlaid on tortoiseshell panels onto an ebony lacquered base. It is further enhanced with bronze mounts.
The mirror is hand constructed in the manner of the French cabinetmaker, André Charles Boulle (1642-1732) who perfected the art of inlaying brass, mother of pearl, and precious stones into tortoiseshell and wood. His original pieces are now some of the most expensive furniture to ever sell at auction.
The mirror is in very good age-appropriate condition. As with most Boulle work, there is shrinkage from age that occurs in the wood and causes the inlays to lift. That lifting is present on a small percentage of the box and frame surfaces. There are also a few minor pieces of inlay missing; however, the mirror is a testament to the extravagant and time consuming art form of Boulle.
Size: 18" Height x 13" Width x 9" Depth.
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