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Andre Charles Boulle: A New Style for Europe 1642-1732 Paperback – 1 Feb 2012


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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Somogy Editions d'Art (1 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2757203185
  • ISBN-13: 978-2757203187
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 23.1 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,623,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Academy on 18 Mar 2012
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In the seventeenth century, at the height of France's success and prestige, André Charles Boulle gave birth to a new aesthetics, combining a level of refinement and a virtuosity of execution that were unique in the world.
The Sun King conferred upon him the title of Ébéniste Ciseleur et Marqueteur du Roi, and his creations, timeless masterpieces, were immediately coveted by crowned heads, princes and rich collectors throughout Europe.
Boulle's innovative genius in the spatial conception of shapes was accompanied by an unheard of mastery in the use of gilt bronze, which he was the first to develop in works of art. He united it with marquetry, using the rarest materials: tortoiseshell, ebony, brass, yellow and red copper, tin, and precious coloured woods, the latter treated to create veritable floral pictures.
Boulle's technical prowess, which has never been equalled, is not only a contribution to the history of art and taste. Translated into modern terms it would mean a combination of the most audacious design with state of the art technology. The century of Louis XIV, which was also the century of Peter the Great, was a time of light and colours. This reference work forms an original reflection of this golden age, which saw the genesis of nearly all the attributes of modernity that were to flourish later on.
The result of eight years of research and preparatory work by an international team directed by Jean Nérée Ronfort, this sumptuously illustrated book pays tribute to the artistic genius of the most famous cabinetmaker of all time.
The present book includes a full new survey, through many rich contributions, of the artistic life in Paris.
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