Charlotte - Boulle style marquetry box number 2

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Project by madburg posted 07-12-2017 07:43 AM 1383 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second of my Boulle style marquetry boxes. The marquetry panels for this and the three others where produced by stack cutting a sandwich of materials on a chevalat. With the parts interchanged you get as many different color combinations of the design as there are materials in the stack.

This one has an ‘tortoise shell’ and jarrah burr background, with brass, pewter and ‘ebony’ details. The metal parts are engraved to add detail to the design. It is a premier partie design – a light coloured design set into a dark background.

Cheery veneer is used for the interior with solid cherry for the removable trays, and drawers, and more cherry for the edgings. This one has three removable trays and five small drawers, three of which are hidden behind a false side. It is lined with a claret coloured goat skin.

To see more on my journey with these boxes visit my blog Boulle style marquetry.

Thanks for looking.

-- Madburg WA

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#1 posted 07-12-2017 11:01 AM

Gorgeous box!!

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#2 posted 07-12-2017 01:45 PM

Outstanding Boulle Style, on all four Boxes!!!

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#3 posted 07-12-2017 02:46 PM

Lovely again! i like how you inserted the tabs on the side of the trays. marquetry magnificent.

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#4 posted 07-12-2017 02:49 PM

Lost for words, so beautiful. Ditto what I wrote about box 1.

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#5 posted 07-12-2017 05:40 PM

What everyone else has already said and more!

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#6 posted 07-13-2017 02:27 PM

Thanks guys. Eyal – you do an exceptional job yourself! Alas I couldn’t put tabs on the bottom tray as I was running out of goat skin, which hides where the ribbon is attached. I had to be quite careful with the 4 sq ft hide, and you will notice that not every vertical surface of the trays has been covered with it – there just wasn’t enough!

You will notice that there has been some discoloration of the brass on the top though not as bad as on Martha and Mattie. The hinges and lock are Hawthorne’s, Andrew had no stock. What a pity Hawthorne has stopped selling them!

-- Madburg WA

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