"the boulle clock ticked on"

Boulle work, known in 19th century Britain as Buhl work, is named after the French cabinetmaker André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732). Boulle was an expert in marquetry, the application of  pieces of veneer to objects in order to create a pattern or picture. Specifically, Boulle work involves marquetry using brass or pewter and tortoiseshell, a technique which was perfected by André-Charles Boulle.

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Boulle work cabinet (c.1690)
Public DomainBoulle work cabinet (c.1690) - Credit: Wmpearl