Boulle Sewing Box - This exquisite sewing box is made with an elaborate pattern of brass inlaid over shell.
This type of work is named after Andre Charles Boulle, who was the favored furniture maker for Louis XIV.
Usually, Boulle work is done over tortoise shell, but in this case it is worked over what appears to be mother
of pearl or perhaps something very similar to mother of pearl. The box measures 10 1/2" x 4 1/4" x 3" high
and it features an absolutely beautiful shape. The brass patterns are lovely, even the hinges are beautifully
engraved. Fitted into the satin lined lid of the box are the following tools: mother of pearl handled tweezers,
perfume corkscrew, file, button hook and steel scissors, as well as a key for the box.
There is no question that this lovely box has been treasured as there are not one but two different hand made
protective fabric covers for the box as shown in the middle picture. One cover is made of chamois and the
second cover is made of a velvet brocade. Both covers show a bit of wear as would be expected. On one
end of the box, there are two small pieces of mother of pearl missing and there are a few small cracks in the
mother of pearl, mostly on the top of the box. But overall, the box is in good condition.