Beautiful Antique French Boulle Tantalus Box. Complete. France, 19th Century

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Seller: iberantiques (1.237) 100%, Location: Zaragoza, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 264407117251 Antique French Liquor Tantalus with Boulle Marquetry. Complete. France, 19th Century Superb antique French boulle liquor tantalus, made in France in the 19th century. This lovely old-time piece of furniture shows off an uncommon artisanal work that, together with the wonderful complete glassware it contains, turns it into a piece worthy of a museum. The liquor cabinet is made of solid wood, outside covered by Boulle marquetry work made of brass. The covering is in perfect condition: the golden metal makes a gorgeous contrast with the black and red shades of the background, creating floral shapes and symmetrical volutes full of movement. At the front, the lid mounts a lock (in working order and with the original key) which makes it possible to open the cabinet in order to display its great interior. Inside the cabinet bears a lovely lacquered finish in dark red and black colors, imitating the look of French-polished mahogany and ebonished woods. Both finishes are perfectly preserved. But surely, when we open the liquor cabinet the most remarkable feature is the spectacular complete glassware it contains. The set is composed of four bottles and sixteen cups, as delicate as beautiful. They profusely hand-carved creating lovely floral motifs. The bottles and the cups are intact, an amazing feature considering their fragile quality and ancient age. The glassware is disposed in a lacquered-wooden stand with three trays; the trays have grooves which hold the cups in place so they do not move when carried. It mounts a central brass handle designed to lift the set and take it out of the liquor cabinet in one go. This antique French liquor cabinet with Boulle marquetry and complete glassware is bound to shine in the stateliest dining room. Measurements: Width: 13.6 in / 34 cm. Height: 13.6 in / 28 cm. Depth: 10 in / 25 cm. History of André-Charles Boulle André-Charles Boulle (11 November 1642 – 28 February 1732) was a French cabinetmaker generally considered to be the most preeminent artist in the field of marquetry. Christened by his contemporaries as "the most skillful artisan in Paris," André-Charles Boulle's name is synonymous with the practice of veneering furniture with marquetry of tortoiseshell, pewter, and brass. Although he did not invent the technique, Boulle was its greatest practitioner and lent his name to its common name: boulle work. Boulle also specialized in floral marquetry in both stained and naturally colored wood. Many of his designs are illustrated in a published around 1720: Nouveaux dessins de meubles et ouvrages de bronze et de marqueterie. Before 1666 Boulle was awarded the title of Master Cabinetmaker; in 1672 the king granted him the royal privilege of lodging in the Palais du Louvre. In the same year, he achieved the title of Cabinetmaker and Sculptor to Louis XIV, king of France. This new title allowed him to produce furniture as well as works in gilt bronze such as chandeliers, wall lights, and mounts. Boulle’s works can be found in the Palace of Versailles, the Chantilly Castle, the Cheverny Castle, the Louvre Museum, the Wallace Collection and the Royal Collection in London and the Getty Center in Los Angeles. I think I left nothing in the description but if I forgot something, I'll be glad to answer any questions. Buy with confidence. We are professional antique dealers. "Hello. My name is José Pascual, and I am an antique dealer located in Zaragoza, Spain, which is a medium size city between Madrid and Barcelona. If you have any question, send me an email and I will gladly answer you. Enjoy my articles and I hope we keep in touch. For any questions about this or any other article you can contact me through eBay or by calling to our phone number +34 976 45 39 31. We are open from 9 am to 7 pm Madrid time. Thanks for trusting me and enjoy ! Best wishes from Spain." José Pascual Aznar CLICK here to see my other items 360º photos: https://ardhamin.sirv.com/2019/06/OT-C-842/OT-C-842.spin To view the photos in full screen, copy and paste the link in your browser SHIPPING We Always Combine Shipping for 2 or more items !!!! Before paying please let us combine your postage cost. Simply shop away and then request the total from us. We will then send you one postage cost for all your itmes Although the shipping expenses published with this item are exact for most of the countries and cities, they may change depending on the final city and country. To know the exact shipping quote, just write me sending your Country name, City name and Postal code, and I'll send it to you. Combine 2 or more pieces for much cheaper shipping expenses. IMPORTANT - SEE ALL THE PICTURES This is an antique or vintage item, not a new item, and it's not perfect as a new one. It may have minor scratches or hits not mentioned in this description but than can be seen in the many photos published with it. Scroll down the description to see all the photos. Photos are part of the description, because a picture is worth a thousand words. Please, study the pictures as part of the description and if you have any doubt ask me. Also be aware that when I say that an antique item is in perfect working conditions, doesn't mean that it works as new. A machine with 100 years is not prepared to be working everyday during hours, except my antique clocks. Many things can happen inside an antique mechanism and today's perfectly working spring, could be the future's failure as far away as in 10 years… or as near as the next month. It's impossible to know exactly when. 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Of course, if something happens we can help to solve the problem, even repairing it, we know experts in many areas, but understand that even a perfectly working antique is still an antique. Please keep this in mind before buying and if you have any question, let me know. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- BUY SAFELY WITH US As important is to win the auction as what happens afterwards. Our work is not complete until you receive your item safely in your home. - We are a 5 Stars Seller, which means that eBay, certify that we have achieved the highest standards of quality in the service we offer. - We certify that our products are 100% originals. Otherwise we undertake to refund of the purchase. - We certify that the description and dating of the article that we give is 100% accurate. Otherwise also, we pledge to refund of the purchase. - This article will be perfectly packed so that it arrives in excellent condition. 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A reproduction loses half of its value in the same minute that you are purchasing it, while an original antique gains value each passing day. This is an original antique and its value will continue growing tomorrow. - Read and learn about for area of interest: swords, clocks, phonographs, antique photos, old silver, technical antiques, typewriters... Invest in books as much as in your collection and learn as much as you can. If you keep your collecction catalogued, you will increase its value. - Keep yourself informed about the market prices in your area of interest. There are many sources but mainly, visit as many fairs as you can, research in the Internet and read the final auctions prices in the traditional auction houses. - Finally... Collect antiques, not junk. It is always better a small collection with excellent pieces than a huge collection of junk, rusty irons and broken machines. Select your pieces. There is not a goal to reach, so take the pleasure in in the process of your treasure hunting. A collection should be something to enjoy, and there is many interesting pieces out there and very few time to enjoy them, so be selective with your choices. If you follow these simple steps you will be in the correct direction to develop an excellent collection, whatever is your area of interest and, for me the most important of all, enjoying the process ------------------------------------------------------------------------- WHO WE ARE & ABOUT ME Jose Pascual Hello. My name is Jose and I am the owner and responsible of this shop. I am an antique dealer located in Saragossa, in Spain. Saragossa is a Spanish medium size city of 700.000 people, located just in the middle of the way between Madrid and Barcelona, 300 kms from each one, and also equidistant 300 kms. to other cities as Bilbao and Valencia. It’s an antique city founded by the Romans, by the Emperor Caesar Augustus more than 2000 years ago, capital of the powerful antique Kingdom of Aragon, 900 years ago and during the Medieval times, and first defeat of Napoleon’s troops in Europe during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th Century, among other History... Here I was born, here I live, and here I have my small antiques shop. We are proffesional antique dealers I started in this world as a collector. My parents introduced me into the world of antiques and the auction houses since I was a child here in Spain but also in other cities as Milan, London and Paris. My father introduced me into the world of antique collectibles and I started my own antique search at flea markets for my own small antiques collections since I was very young. I've been a professional antique dealer since the year 2003, when I decided to join my passion with my way of living. If while I am writing this is the year 2014, these are, 11 years, nowadays, selling antiques. And more than 20 years as a collector, and I still have a lot to learn and only a little to teach. We are a registered legal antique bussiness, here in Spain. We pay our taxes, too many taxes I am afraid, and we have a physical address. I have a small shop open to the public in Saragossa and we are open from 9:00 to 19:00 hours, Madrid time. You are welcome to visit me whenever you wish. I have an open shop at eBay for many years, I think at least 7 years, under the nickname iberantiques, active and with more than 900 positives feedbacks, today all 100% positive. And finally, as I mentioned before, I have my own web shop, for 5 years now, in Spanish language although it can be translated to almost any language using the Google Translator button, in the upper part of the web page. The translation is not perfect but it’s good in an 80%, totally understandable and you can always ask me. Mainly, I started specialized in Antique machines as gramophones, music boxes, clocks, watches… but today, I also work with other first class collector items as cameras, militaria, antique scientific instruments… To be exact, nowadays, I work with any first class antique that I could find at a correct price and that we could transport worldwide. We provide secure shipping worldwide. As a legal business, I have a commercial agreement with FedEx , with client account number with big shipping discounts, and we can send our items safely worldwide with a reasonable price, sometimes, even cheaper than Air Mail. We have a wide experience in packing and sending safely World Wide, from China and Singapore, to Dallas, San Francisco, New York or London, Canada, and of course almost all European Countries, many American ones including Mexico, Argentina and Colombia, and not forgetting Australia, South Africa, Israel and some in the Middle East as Catar and Emirates. We have sent successfully, from fragile items as Chinese Porcelain, to heavy items as Slot Coin Machines, not together into the same box, of course!. :-) . We can send almost everything with security, no matter how big or heavy it is, if the client wants to pay the price, because some heavy or big items or delicate items into big boxes are specially expensive to send, not perhaps within Europe, but sometimes to America or Asia and some require custom made packing, as custom made wooden boxes or special foam for transport protection. The priority in Shipping is always Security and Protection for the piece. We’ve been sending International shipping since the very beginning in the year 2003. Our more than 900 eBay clients and today's still 100% positive votes, talk about their positive experience. We work with Selected pieces All my items are first class collector’s items, in excellent conditions , conservation state or/and working conditions. If talking about antique machines, most of them are in perfect working conditions, perfect conservation state or perfectly restored. The few that are not, because it was not possible to repair it, it's clearly indicated. I like to work with the best pieces that I can find. I prefer to work only with selected pieces. 'Selected' doesn’t mean 'unaffordable'. My pieces have very correct prices, depending on the rarity and the conservation state of the piece itself. Every piece has a price rank, from junk state to museum state, that I consider is the highest one. ‘Selected’ means that I prefer to work with Museum State pieces, or near, and First Class collector’s items, or near rather than other kind of low quality pieces . We guarantee the description and datation of all our pieces I always give guarantee my descriptions, not only in general antiques, but even in the working condition of an antique machine. Of course, to be completely sincere, it’s mainly impossible to give a full guarantee in the working condition of an antique working machine with over or more than 100 years. Many things can happen inside an antique mechanism and today’s perfectly working spring, could be the future’s failure as far away as in ten years… or as near as the next month. It's impossible to know exactly when. But before our pieces are ready to be sold, we check the machinery and working condition of all of them. If necessary, we restore and/or repair and finally clean and/or adjust, all our antique machines, and if it’s there's a defect or malfunctions, it’s clearly indicated in the description, video or pictures. We try to have all our pieces in perfect working conditions, but if a disaster occurs and the item gets out of order or damaged, for any reason, we can help to solve the problem or to help to repair it or to restore it. We work with first class professionals that can restore from antique medieval paintings to 13th Century silver, other metals as iron, copper and bronze, to any kind of wood. Also, we can repair antique machines as gramophones, antique clocks, typewriters and antique mechanical calculators. We give a private Certificate of Authenticity of the item if required, that we send with the piece or by Mail. Our Priority is your satisfaction And the most important of all, we always take great care of the customer service. Client’s experience with antiques should be always pleasant and happy, or, if this is not completely possible, at least satisfactory and full of joy. Our workonly ends, not when we sell the piece, but when our client have the piece in his hands, safely and in good conditions. I speak English fluently, some French, and, of course, Spanish. Thanks for reading this, I hope to deal with you soon, and we stay in touch. . Jose Pascual Age: 1850-1899, Original/Reproduction: Original, Country/Region of Origin: France

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