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A tortoiseshell and metal inlay laid in geometric patterns, the contrast being achieved by the opposing angles of the grain and veneers. The herringbone pattern is the most commonly used in flooring, but this is almost never seen in furniture - the patterns used are more complex and unlike flooring, can include several different varieties of timber.'>inlay using brass and sometimes silver, found on furniture and smaller wooden objects. It originated in Italy but was developed by Frenchman Andre Charles Boulle (1642 - 1732) under Louis XIV.<br><br>Boulle was appointed Royal Cainet Maker to Louis XIV and designed furniture and clockcases for the monarch.<br><br>In preparation, the tortoiseshell and metal were cut together following a design, using a fine fret saw.<br><br>In the application of the Boulle, the carcase of piece of furniture was covered with the tortoiseshell which in turn was inlaid with the matched designs in metal, which in turn was elaborately engraved.<br><br>The use of Boulle work furniture continued mainly in France until the 19th century.'>Boulle pier cabinet, the frieze with tortoiseshell and brass decorative inlay with glazed door flanked by ormolucorbels are often carved with acanthus or other scrolling decoration.'>corbels supported a on plinth

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