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or boulle  (bo͞ol)
An elaborate inlay of tortoiseshell, ivory, and metal, used especially in decorating furniture.

[After André Charles Boulle or , Buhl (1642-1732), French woodcarver.]


adj, n
(Antiques) the usual US spelling of boulle


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]


(or Boule or Boulle) A style developed by the French cabinetmaker André C Boulle (1642–1732) using inlays of metal and tortoiseshell.
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Noun1.Buhl - an inlaid furniture decorationbuhl - an inlaid furniture decoration; tortoiseshell and yellow and white metal form scrolls in cabinetwork
embellishment - a superfluous ornament
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He had left his overcoat with the silk-stockinged footmen (the stockings were one of Beaufort's few fatuities), had dawdled a while in the library hung with Spanish leather and furnished with Buhl and malachite, where a few men were chatting and putting on their dancing-gloves, and had finally joined the line of guests whom Mrs.
The first objects of furniture in the room which attracted her attention were an old bureau of carved oak, and a heavy buhl table with a cabinet attached.
As those words escaped him, he walked to the buhl cabinet.
On my right hand and on my left, as I stood inside the door, were chiffoniers and little stands in buhl and marquetterie, loaded with figures in Dresden china, with rare vases, ivory ornaments, and toys and curiosities that sparkled at all points with gold, silver, and precious stones.
The ample heavy folds of the velvet left just room at the two corners of the wall for two little upright cabinets in buhl, containing rows of drawers, and supporting two fine bronze productions (reduced in size) of the Venus Milo and the Venus Callipyge.
Some of the rest lingered a little, marrying golden liqueur glasses to Buhl tables with sticky rings; on the desperate chance of Mr Merdle's saying something.
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The sale was handled by Darla Knight and Mike Buhl of CRRC.
Buhl Investors of Edina, Minneapolis-based Saturday Properties and the city of Edina will start work soon on the $5 million redevelopment of a 2.
The PPG contributions expand a 36-year partnership that started in 1981 with the Carnegie Science Center's predecessor organization, Buhl Science Center.
Apres les stages en Turquie et en France, l'equipe qui se trouve actuellement en stage a Kelibia jusqu'a mercredi prochain, se rendra de nouveau en France pour prendre part a un tournoi International "Challenge AESCULAP", qui sera organise par le champion de France Chaumont VB 52 Haute-Marne du 28 septembre au 8 octobre, avec la participation d'une autre equipe francaise, Nantes Metropole Volley et du Club Allemand, Buhl Volley.
Territorial taxation is another way to address the taxation of companies with foreign earnings, but rules would be needed so companies don't shift overtax profits to lower tax countries, said John Buhl, spokesman for the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit right-leaning organization that focuses on tax policy.