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Two Coffers on Stands
Attributed to André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642 - 1732, master before 1666)
Paris, France (Place created)
about 1684 - 1689
Oak, cypress, and walnut veneered with tortoise shell, blue-painted horn, ebony, padouk, rosewood, pewter, and brass; gilt-bronze mounts; mirror glass
Intended to hold jewels or small precious items, the interiors of this pair of coffers are lined with tortoiseshell and brass or pewter, with secret compartments in the base. The coffers are each decorated using techniques known as
The 1689 inventory of the