Desk (Secretary) | Italian, Venice | The Met
In shape, the secretary is influenced by English and Dutch examples. Its decoration, imitating Oriental lacquer, consists of cutout and colored prints pasted to the surface and varnished. This technique, known as lacca povera or lacca contrafatta, was employed by professionals and amateurs alike
André-Charles Boulle was the French cabinetmaker who is generally considered to be the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry, even "the most remarkable of all French cabinetmakers
This splendid cabinet housed a manner of rare objects. In fact it is full of hidden niches and drawers. The object itself is also a work of art in itself, richly decorated with elegant marquetry. The cabinet was made between 1670 and 1680 at the Parisian court. For many years this cabinet was thought to have been made by Pierre Gole (c. 1620-1684). It is now attributed to André-Charles Boulle. an early piece by Boulle. The famous cabinetmaker Boulle worked for the French king Louis XIV.