André-Charles Boulle, ébéniste, ciseleur et marqueteur ordinaire du roy
He greatly influenced (to this date, where his works can still be sold for millions of Euros) French cabinet making: André-Charles Boulle, who lived a long life (he died at the age of 90 on 29 February 1732), lived for 60 years in the galleries of the Louvre even if he did not produce much for the court. This books gives in detail the chronological order of this full life, insisting on the strong moments: his youth spent withhis Dutch father, Jean Bolt, his work for the King, the king’s son, the duke of Anjou or wealthy aristocrats such as the Crozat, his short term in prison for not paying his bills, his links to Jean Berain or the fire of 1720, in which were burnt 15 pendulum boxes, an table with ivory inlays and three book cases. The interest of this well illustrated book lies in the numerous reproductions and very specific lay outs carried out by the author (known for this discipline) of the decorations (cabinet doors, desk tops, etc.) that show the decorative wealth - foliage, garlands, bird cages - of the greatest virtuoso of marquetry work.
Review published in the newsletter #244 - from 2 February 2012 to 8 February 2012