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Variant of buhl.


(buːl) ,




(Antiques) denoting or relating to a type of marquetry of patterned inlays of brass and tortoiseshell, occasionally with other metals such as pewter, much used on French furniture from the 17th century
(Antiques) Also called: boullework something ornamented with such marquetry
[C18: named after André Charles Boulle (1642–1732), French cabinet-maker]


or buhl


(sometimes cap.) elaborate inlaid work of tortoiseshell and brass or other metal on wood. Also called boulle•work (ˈbulˌwɜrk)
[1870–75; < French, after A. C. Boul(l)e (1642–1732), French cabinetmaker]
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Noun1.boulle - an inlaid furniture decorationboulle - an inlaid furniture decoration; tortoiseshell and yellow and white metal form scrolls in cabinetwork
embellishment - a superfluous ornament
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Elegant buffets made by Boulle, also purchased by the auctioneer, furnished the sides of the room, at the end of which sparkled the brass arabesques inlaid in tortoise-shell of the first tall clock that reappeared in the nineteenth century to claim honor for the masterpieces of the seventeenth.
And Jack-the-lad Jamie Laing is keen to introduce girlfriend Melody to his pals Francis Boulle and Oliver Proudlock.
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It is little wonder that Boulle put such an emphasis on imitation.
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As a student, the French designer had experienced something of a false start at Ecole Boulle in Paris, where she concentrated on metalwork.
Andre Charles Boulle was arguably the most highly regarded cabinet-maker in the 17th and 18th century, perfecting the craft of adorning his pieces with inlaid brass or tortoise shell.
The Kent player saw off French star Michelle Boulle 6-0, 6-2 in the women's singles third round.
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As part of its autumn week of auctions (15-20 September), Roller Zurich is unveiling a previously unrecorded bureau plat by Andre-Charles Boulle (1642-1732), cabinetmaker and sculptor to Louis XIV.
IT'S not often I take an instant dislike to someone, so congratulations to FRANCIS BOULLE (nah, I'd never heard of him either).