Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 25 items Explore
  • 35 items
  • 25 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 89 items
  • 3,454 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 42 items
  • 11,033 items Explore
  • 209 items Explore
  • 1,235 items Explore
  • 8,512 items Explore
  • 5,051 items Explore
  • 72 items Explore
  • 167 items Explore
  • 10,625 items Explore
  • 13,628 items Explore
  • 4,621 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 5 items
  • 153 items Explore
  • 2,038 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4,760 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 439 items Explore
  • 19,202 items Explore
  • 34 items Explore
  • 1,903 items Explore
  • 1,113 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 4,643 items Explore
  • 456 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 920 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 8 items
  • 19,264 items Explore
  • 788 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 73 items Explore
  • 33 items
  • 800 items
  • 25 items
  • 61 items
  • 28 items
  • 319 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 44 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 145 items
  • 2 items
  • 7 items
  • 121 items Explore
  • 119 items
  • 1 items
  • 1,021 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 788 items
  • 95 items
  • 27 items
  • 7 items
  • 27,480 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,837 items Explore
  • 1,529 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 158 items Explore
  • 9,648 items Explore
  • 9,685 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 5,143 items Explore
  • 6,600 items Explore
  • 4,232 items Explore
  • 1,512 items Explore
  • 929 items Explore
  • 3,493 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 313 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,428 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 354 items Explore
  • 797 items Explore
  • 1,131 items Explore
  • 508 items Explore
  • 917 items Explore
  • 1,138 items
  • 89 items
  • 125 items Explore
  • 6,953 items Explore
  • 170 items
  • 310 items
  • 4 items
  • 27 items
  • 61 items
  • 300 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2,923 items Explore
  • 1,575 items Explore
  • 82 items
  • 43 items
  • 19,439 items Explore
  • 1,241 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 1,528 items Explore
  • 32 items
  • 1 items
  • 132 items Explore
  • 24 items
  • 40 items
  • 20 items
  • 252 items
  • 314 items
  • 746 items Explore
  • 1,896 items
  • 350 items Explore
  • 2,426 items
  • 2,525 items
  • 6 items
  • 3 items
  • 3 items
  • 4,390 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 34,064 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,295 items Explore
  • 274 items Explore
  • 8,055 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 25 items
  • 724 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 65 items
  • 161 items
  • 52 items
  • 21,696 items Explore
  • 916 items
  • 18 items
  • 22,109 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2,328 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,051 items Explore
  • 59 items
  • 499 items
  • 3,293 items Explore
  • 174 items
  • 453 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 21 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 76 items
  • 281 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 6 items
  • 128 items
  • 295 items
  • 736 items
  • 878 items
  • 1 items
  • 369 items Explore
  • 273 items Explore
  • 11,395 items Explore
  • 760 items Explore
  • 6,037 items Explore
  • 10 items
  • 7,025 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 5,367 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,732 items Explore
  • 9,201 items Explore
  • 7,704 items Explore
  • 201 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 1,024 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 4,250 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 1,096 items Explore
  • 224 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,494 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 696 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 134 items
  • 4,302 items Explore
  • 13,907 items Explore
  • 3,130 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 8 items
  • 9,312 items Explore
  • 37 items
  • 2 items
  • 21,320 items Explore
  • 131 items
  • 38 items
  • 13,163 items Explore
  • 3,328 items Explore
  • 2,143 items Explore
  • 44 items
  • 41,234 items Explore
  • 633 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 23,284 items Explore
  • 218 items
  • 3 items
  • 1 items
  • 20 items
  • 30 items
  • 256 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 217 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 13,207 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 10,261 items
  • 9 items
  • 10 items
  • 14 items
  • 25 items
  • 4,543 items Explore
  • 918 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 15 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 220 items
  • 702 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 2,285 items Explore
  • 1,661 items Explore
  • 15 items
  • 1,933 items Explore
  • 151 items
  • 84 items
  • 772 items Explore
  • 3,264 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 17 items
  • 12 items
  • 10,646 items Explore
  • 22,949 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1,374 items
  • 180 items Explore
  • 8 items
  • 92 items
  • 13,285 items Explore
  • 3,570 items Explore
  • 2,645 items Explore
  • 4,777 items Explore
  • 22 items
  • 45 items
  • 6,900 items Explore
  • 4,794 items Explore
  • 271 items Explore
  • 2,300 items Explore
  • 2,766 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,865 items Explore
  • 60 items
  • 223 items Explore
  • 448 items Explore
  • 6,121 items Explore
  • 8,817 items Explore
  • 1,849 items Explore
  • 5,808 items Explore
  • 3,344 items Explore
  • 11,068 items Explore
  • 86 items
  • 11 items
  • 1,645 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 5 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,669 items Explore
  • 620 items Explore
  • 62 items
  • 17 items
  • 151 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 87 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 464 items
  • 996 items
  • 3,604 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,406 items Explore
  • 48 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 42 items
  • 3 items
  • 13,706 items Explore
  • 1,169 items Explore
  • 92 items
  • 10,564 items Explore
  • 1,006 items Explore
  • 1,925 items
  • 6,041 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 12,955 items Explore
  • 1,418 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 9,583 items Explore
  • 16,252 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1,670 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 58 items
  • 5,684 items Explore
  • 8,787 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 25 items
  • 2 items
  • 1 items
  • 59 items
  • 3 items
  • 7,373 items Explore
  • 401 items Explore
  • 13 items
  • 4 items
  • 6 items
  • 4 items
  • 103 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 5 items
  • 480 items
  • 181 items Explore
  • 8,382 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 23,754 items Explore
  • 7,350 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 26 items
  • 4,221 items Explore
  • 465 items
  • 325 items Explore
  • 12,691 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 20 items
  • 7 items
  • 4 items
  • 315 items Explore
  • 434 items
  • 184 items
  • 3,697 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1,227 items Explore
  • 2,494 items Explore
  • 732 items Explore
  • 36 items
  • 1,148 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 217 items Explore
  • 71,469 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,065 items Explore
  • 2,845 items Explore
  • 26 items
  • 3,618 items Explore
  • 1,831 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 17,207 items Explore
  • 5,504 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 633 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 465 items
  • 39 items
  • 76 items
  • 29 items
  • 335 items
  • 3 items
  • 41 items
  • 1,175 items Explore
  • 109 items
  • 805 items
  • 17 items
  • 10,864 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 13 items
  • 1,566 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 214 items
  • 16,808 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 17 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 10 items
  • 6 items
  • 324 items
  • 2 items
  • 628 items Explore
  • 1,594 items Explore
  • 1,034 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 261 items

Select a time period

Or choose a specific year

Clear all filters

"The A.C Boulle / Uppark bureau plat"

André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732)

Category

Furniture

Date

circa 1710 - 1720

Materials

Oak carcass, ebonised, ebony veneer, marquetry of cut-brass and tortoiseshell, mounted with gilt bronzes

Measurements

182.9 cm (Height) x 81.3 cm (Depth); 99 cm (Length)

Place of origin

Paris

Order this image

Collection

Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex (Accredited Museum)

NT 137627.1

Summary

A bureau plat, French, circa 1710-1720, attributed to André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732), in oak veneered with ebony and ebonised with "contrepartie" marquetry, inlaid with typical foliate design of tortoiseshell on a brass ground, the rectangular top inset with a gilt-tooled leather writing surface above three frieze drawers to one side and three simulated drawers to the other, the central drawer mounted with a bearded mask, the side drawers with foliate escutcheons centred by female masks, flanked to each corner by a large scroll above cabriole legs on scrolling foliate feet, each side is centred by a typical bacchic mask. Revisiting the first archetype of a French writing table often described as “bureau Mazarin”, raised on eight legs joined by stretchers, André-Charles Boulle designed and produced various "bureaux plat" on six legs around 1700-1706. Therefore, "bureau plats" of the new type supported on four cabriole legs, such as the Uppark example, are generally dated no earlier than 1710. In the inventory of Boulle's workshop in 1715 no less than thirty-three “bureaux of various sizes, from six to four legs” were recorded. The design for the marquetry is comparable to the bureau “en première partie” made by Boulle in 1719 for the président de Machault (previously in collection de Voguë – illustrated in Ronfort, 2005, p.23). Indeed, the marquetry designs to the frieze drawers, the sides and the back of the legs are nearly identical although the composition on the central drawer seems cropped at the sides. The gilt bronze mounts to the frieze, drawers and sides are also identical. Nevertheless, the most closely related piece is the bureau plat kept at the château de Chantilly, dated circa 1710-1720, given to the Prince de Condé circa 1815 and inherited by the duc d’Aumale (inv. OA 358). Although it is considerably smaller its form is nearly identical, except for the narrower central drawer, the corners are also projected and mounted with a foliate scroll and a naturalistic leaf, above cabriole legs terminated by scroll feet. This Boulle desk is listed in the 1874 inventory of Uppark. In 1859 the London dealer John Webb compiled an inventory of the Sèvres vases and a few pieces amongst which “A splendid Louis XIV secrétaire in marqueterie and ormolu” identified as the present bureau plat, it was then valued at “£1500”. It is considered to be part of Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh's collection (1754-1846). Following the Prince of Wales, Harry purchased French furniture and Sèvres porcelain in the early years of the 19th century. His first purchase is recorded in 1803, in Paris, buying on the Prince's and his own behalf from the Parisian dealer Martin-Eloi Lignereux (1751-1809).

Provenance

Acquired by Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh; listed in the 1874 inventory. By descent; given to the National Trust in 1954 with the house and some of its contents by Admiral the Hon. Sir Herbert Meade-Fetherstonhaugh.

Makers and roles

André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732), cabinet maker and furniture designer

References

Rowell, 2007: Christopher Rowell. “French furniture at Uppark: Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh and his friends in postrevolutionary Paris.” Furniture History 43 2007: 267-292. Forray-Carlier, 2010 : Anne Forray-Carlier, Le mobilier du chateau de Chantilly, ed. Faton, 2010 Ronfort 2009: Jean Nérée Ronfort (ed.), André Charles Boulle, 1642-1732 : Un nouveau style pour l’Europe (ex. cat.), Frankfurt 2009 Ronfort, 2005 : Jean-Nérée Ronfort, Boulle, les commandes pour Versailles, Dossier de l'art n° 124, November 2005 Demetrescu, 2014: Calin Demetrescu, André-Charles Boulle, illustre ébéniste de Louis XIV, Dossier de l'Art n° 224, December 2014

View more details