boiserie

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boiserie.
1. Wainscoting.

2. Wooden panelling, usually from floor to ceiling, on interior walls, embellished with carvings in low relief, gilding, inlay, etc., common in C17 and C18. Excellent Rococo boiseries include work by François-Antoine Vassé (1681–1736), Jacques Verberckt (1704–71), and Jules Degoullons (c.1671–1737), which clearly influenced Cuvilliés and Knobelsdorff at Munich and Berlin. Some of the finest boiseries were those for the Amalienberg, Nymphenburg, Munich, designed by Cuvilliés and made (1734–9) by Wenzeslaus Miroffsky (d.1759) and Johann Dietrich (d.1753), with stucco work by J. B. Zimmermann. Such French-inspired work reached heights of exquisite delicacy in Germany.

Bibliography

Blunt (1978);
Pons (1986, 1997).