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Pair of Pedestals
Attributed to André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642 - 1732, master before 1666)
Paris, France (Place created)
Fir, oak and walnut veneered with ebony, dyed fruit wood (probably pear) brass and tortoise shell; gilt bronze mounts
These two octagonal pedestals have cupboard doors that open on one side to reveal hollow interiors. They were designed to display sculptures; from an auction catalogue of 1788, scholars know they have supported the same bronze figure groups that they support today. They would have stood in a formal reception room or
André-Charles Boulle, the man who perfected the distinctive technique of