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boulle

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noun (often initial capital letter) Furniture.
  1. buhl.
Also called boulle·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/.

buhl

or boule, boulle

[bool]
noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. elaborate inlaid work of woods, metals, tortoiseshell, ivory, etc.

Origin of buhl

1815–25; from Germanized form of French boulle or boule, named after A. C. Boulle or Boule (1642–1732), French cabinetmaker
Also called buhl·work [bool-wurk] /ˈbulˌwɜrk/, boulework, boullework.
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Examples from the Web for boulle

Historical Examples

  • With this work the name of Boulle is indissolubly associated.

    Intarsia and Marquetry

    F. Hamilton Jackson

  • Buhl, or Boulle, is inlaid work with tortoise-shell or metals in arabesques or cartouches.

    The Old Furniture Book

    N. Hudson Moore

  • Boulle was given an apartment in the Louvre and for his great master the celebrated bniste composed his choicest work.

    The Old Furniture Book

    N. Hudson Moore

  • When there are only two slices of material the technical term for them is Boulle and Counter.

    Intarsia and Marquetry

    F. Hamilton Jackson

  • Collecting was to Boulle a mania of which, says his friend, it was impossible to cure him.


British Dictionary definitions for boulle

boulle

boule or buhl

adjective
  1. 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
noun
  1. Also called: boullework something ornamented with such marquetry

Word Origin

C18: named after André Charles Boulle (1642–1732), French cabinet-maker

buhl

adjective, noun
  1. the usual US spelling of boulle
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