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Metropolitan Museum, New York

Pierre Golle

Pierre Golle was a Flemish cabinetmaker who went to work in Paris around 1640. his talent was such that he quickly established his reputation, and by 1656 he had the title “maitre menusier en ébene ordinarie du roi (Master woodworker to the king).

Golle made elaborated decorated objects using precious materials, such as ivory, tortoiseshell, and a variety of exotic woods.

This table is a particularly interesting example of his work. It is now at the Metropolitan museum in New York. The tortoiseshell and ivory contrast beautifully with the ivory. Notice the marquetry on the lower parts of the legs. This would have been technically very challenging.


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