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Andre Charles Boulle

the French cabinetmaker who is generally considered to be the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry. His fame in marquetry led to his name being given to a fashion of inlaying known as Boulle (or, in 19th-century Britain, Buhl work)


Three evenings a week where Louis XIV was "at home" to his court. Characterized by a formal informality.


wood paneling on interior walls usually floor to ceiling, as a rule inriched by carving, gilding, painting, or , rarely inlaying.

Boulle marquetry

A technique developed by Andre-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) of inlaying brass with tortoiseshell and, sometimes, pewter, fashionable and highly prized in France throughout the 18th century

Bull's eye Room in Versailles


a type of wall decoration used in 17th century French domestic architecture consists of vertical bands of rusticated masonry which divides the facades into panels or bays


a type of wall decoration used in 17th century French domestic architecture consists of vertical bands of rusticated masonry which divides the facades into panels or bays


Andre charles boulle , low, elaborate chest of drawers; a moveable stand or cupboard containing a washbowl; a chair enclosing a chamber pot

Cour d'honneur

Open forecourt, sometimes literally translated as "Court of Honour", is the architectural term for defining a three-sided courtyard, created when the main central block, or corps de logis, is flanked by symmetrical advancing secondary wings, containing minor rooms.

Cove ceiling

a ceiling having a cove at it's intersection with the wall.

diaper pattern

an allover pattern with motifs placed in a repeated design, esp. on a rectangular or diagonal grid.


a gabled extension built out from a sloping roof to accommodate a vertical window

En Suite

A series of rooms that adjoin each other

Entrance Facade Vaux-le-Vicomte

Architect- Louis le Vau, Landscape Architect- Andre le Notre. Built for Nicholas Fouquet.


an upholstered armchair

FB cabinet on stand

FB Louis XIV Bureau Mazarin

FB_ Louis XIV cabinet on stand

FB Louis XIV Commodes

FB Louis XIV fauteuil

FB Louis XIV inlaid table

FB Louis XIV side chair

FB Louis XIV table @ Versailles

FB- LouisXIV Tall Cupboard- Armoires

FB Louis XIV Writing desk


the decorated front wall or bay of a building. An ornamental porch or chief pediment.

Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) - Versailles. Architect Jules Hardouin Mansart- 3rd Building


French term for Private residents for French Aristocracy.

Hotel de sully Courtyard, Paris

Hotel Matignon, Paris

Hotel Matignon, Paris

Louis XIV Bedroom - Versailles

Louis XIV Bureau Mazarin

a 17th century desk form named more or less in memory of Cardinal Mazarin, regent of France from 1642 to 1661. It is the earliest predecessor of the pedestal desk and differs from it by having only two tiers of drawers or three tiers of rather small drawers under the desktop surface, followed by eight legs supporting the whole. Also, the bureau Mazarin has cross braces between the legs, forming two Xs or two Hs on each side.

Louis XIV Canape

French Sofa or Fauteuil expanded to 3 seats

Louvre- East Front -Architect Claude Perrault


A rhomb or, more rarely a rhomboid usually one of a series. Diamond shaped form.


: golden or gilded brass or bronze used for decorative purposes (as in mounts for furniture)

Palais de Versailles- Aerial View; Architect - Louis Le Vau, Painter -Charles le Brun, Landscape Architect- Andre Le Notre

Parquet de Versailles

inlayed wood flooring, usually set in simple geometric patterns.


Flower gardens arranged in formal, often symmetrical, patterns with separating paths


a Detached or semi detached structure used for entertainment. On a facade a prominent portion usually central or terminal, identified by projection, height, and special roof forms.

pierced stretcher

a carved stretcher that one is able to see threw


Residental urban community

Place des Vosges-

place des Vosges


a heavy curtain hung across a doorway


a room used primarily for exhibition of art objects; a drawing room.

Salon de musique, Hotel Lauzun-

Saltire stretcher

Stretchers in X-form of Italian origin, sometimes scrolled or in serpentine form with a finial in the center

Savonnerie & aubusson rugs

he Savonnerie carpets from their creation were woven by the royal manufacturer for Louis XIV to Louis XVI. Only the king was able to own or rarely sell a Savonnerie carpet, leading to the development of the Aubusson. These flat woven carpets emulated the designs of the Savonnerie carpets. This lead to its vast popularity with the wealthy European community. Aubusson rugs graced the floors throughout all of Europe in the 17th and the 18th century.




The central support of a medieval doorway.

Vaux-le-Vicomte. Architect- Loius Le VAU, Charles Le Brun - painter, Landscape Architect- Andre le Notre. Build for Nicholas Fouquet.

Vaux-le-Vicomte chamber de roi

Charles le brun - Painter

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