Piquet

This French boulle work clock, crafted sometime between 1650 and 1725, is from the workshop of Piquet of Renne. It is likely that the balloon case was made by a separate casemaker during the same time period. Boulle work, a type of marquetry involving patterned inlays of alternating bronze and tortoiseshell, is a predominantly French style of decoration that originated in the 17th century with cabinetmaker André Charles Boulle. The technique is on full display on this magnificently decorated clock.

Front

Front Door Open

Door Detail

Mask Detail

Leg Detail

Statuette Topper

Face

Angled Floor

Back Door from Inside

Back – Door Open

Reasons Plate

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