This celebrated model was invented by André-Charles Boulle and in production in his workshop in the latter part of the 17th century/early 18th century. The design for the pedestal was engraved and published by Mariette after 1707, appearing on the title page of his Nouveaux Desseins de Meubles et Ouvrages de Bronzes et de Marqueterie Inventés et Gravés par André-Charles Boulle. This model was highly prized by collectors for the display of sculpture and never really went out of fashion. This is corroborated by records showing that the model was in more or less continuous production throughout the 18th century, particularly in last quarter of the 18th century when numerous examples by Levasseur and other makers have been recorded.
It would appear that all the Boulle marquetry pedestals which have been recorded have veneers of identical design on the lower part of the front and on each side; the only variant in the design is the treatment of the curved panel where one notes examples made in the first half of the 18th century displaying a rather controlled symmetrical design. The examples thought to have been made in the last 25 years of the century exhibit a more free flowing design with no straight lines. It is of interest to note that a drawing of a pedestal which was executed c. 1770 shows the early form of decoration. This might suggest that the design which appears after 1770 may very well have been created by Etienne Levasseur who is know to have produced many of these pedestals. The other feature which seems to distinguish the examples made prior to 1770 and those which follow, is the treatment of the frieze and cornice.
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