French Boulle wall clock produced around 1710. Clock case is ornamented with marquetry of tortoiseshell, engraved brass and gilt bronze. The dial is made of gilt brass and white enameled Roman numerals. The clock is decorated with sunburst with mask, a symbol associated with the king, Louis XIV known as the King Sun.
Boulle Clock Circa 1710
André-Charles Boulle was a French artist, born in Paris in 1642. Boulle acquired high skills and reputation when he was quite young. Before reaching the age of 24, he was awarded the title of master. When he was 30 years old, Louis XIV granted him the privilege of lodging in the galleries of Louvre, reserved for the best artists of the crown.
Boulle was considered the most skillful artisan in France and his name became synonymous with a distinctive style of furniture. He specialized in veneering furniture, mostly ebony with marquetry of gilded brass, mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell and pewter.
Boulle pieces were regarded as stylish and fashionable. His works were desired in the 17th and 18th century. Ministers, greatest nobles, foreign princes and kings, all ordered his works.
Many of Boulle pieces can be found in most prestigious places like Windsor Castle and Versailles.