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Variant of buhl.
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(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]
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(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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