French 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.'>Boulleinlaid pier cabinet with brass inlayfrieze, glazed door flanked by ormolucorbels are often carved with acanthus or other scrolling decoration.'>corbels.
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