Ernest Boiceau Furniture to Inspire

Ernest Boiceau Furniture to Inspire

Ernest Boiceau created furniture to inspire his sophisticated clients in Paris in the 1920’s and 1930.s   Today his work continues to inspire the worlds great Interior Designers.   His superbly detailed designs crafted by his Parisian workshops with their glamours selection of materials stand out in the ultra high-end world of  Interior Designers and Auction markets.

Ernest Boiceau. Furniture to inspire.

Ernest Boiceau Commode Circa.1928. Exhibited by Gallerie Eric Phillipe Paris, Collection #12 in 2007.

The commode of Neo-Classical form comes to life with an exquisite selection of materials.  Variegated possibly French Maine Red Marble Top rests above a pair of doors and end panels in elegant quartered bench worked gilt panels. The panels gracefully banded with contrasting borders of solid Ebony.  The astonishing and unexpected jewel box interior of colored glass outlined with Sycamore frames. The cabinet is raised on a simple bracket style base veneered in exotic Amboyna Burl from the S.E. Asia.

Boiceau Octagonal Table

Ernest Boiceau Octagonal Table in Ebony and Sycamore. Photo credit Gallerie Wily Huybrechts. Paris.

Boiceau Tapi Detail

Ernest Boiceau Tapi Pagode 1932. Detail point Cornely stitch. Felix Marcilhac Collection. Sotheby’s 2014











Ernest Boiceau (1881-1950) was born in Switzerland, he moved to Paris in the early years of the 20th century. During this period he devoted most of his time to developing his embroidery technique and working in his own studio for the couture houses in Paris. During the 1920’s he became recognized for his beautiful carpet designs that he had woven in an embroidery “tapestry” stitch called Point de Cornely that he patented. His carpets are highly prized as unique works of art today.

In 1928 he opened his own interior decorating firm in Paris and created furniture, light fixtures, objects and the point Corney carpets of his own design.  Boiceau drew inspiration from ancient Antiquity and Classical sources. The shop was closed with the onset of WWII.  Today antique dealers in Paris like the expert Eric Phillipe and Gallerie Wily Huybrechts have held exhibitions of Ernest Boiceau work.   In 1989 the New York dealer Barry Friedman Ltd held a wonderful exhibition titled Ernest Boiceau Andre Arbus, Masters of French Style. An exhibition of Furniture and drawings which I was lucky to have visited. I own a wonderful Marble and Bronze Urn by Boiceau which is one of six (6)made. The urn needs some restoration but I feel lucky to own a treasure from this inspiring and provocative designer.

Boiceau Tapi

Ernest Boiceau Tapi Pagode 1932. Felix Marcilhac Collection Sothebys 2014. Sold for $127,000.00



Boiceau jardenire

Ernest Boiceau. Marble and Gilt Bronze Jardiniere. Pierre Berge Collection

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