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Inlaid Mirror Attributed To Noel Hache - 17th Century

Inlaid Mirror Attributed To Noel Hache - 17th Century

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"Inlaid Mirror Attributed To Noel Hache - 17th Century"
Beautiful Louis XIII mirror with inverted profile in native wood marquetry (elm burl, walnut, sycamore and submerged oak), from the 17th century.
It is embellished with a superb inlaid decoration of oak leaves and acanthus leaves, made with the technique of “wood burnt with hot sand” which makes it possible to draw nuanced shades.
Geometric reserves surrounded by light and dark wood nets, whose heart-shaped spandrels in the corners complete this rich ornamentation.
We will also notice the very pretty frieze on the exterior molding, alternating between light wood and submerged oak.
A central molding, in ebonized wood enhanced with a fillet of light and dark wood, frames the mercury beveled mirror and contrasts elegantly with the brightly colored marquetry decor.

An identical mirror (listed on page 80 in the book by Bernard Deloche and Jean-Yves Mornand - provincial cabinetmaking in France in the 18th century...) allows us to attribute our mirror to the production of Noël Hache.
Son of a baker, born in Calais in 1635, Noël Hache moved to Toulouse at the age of 21 in 1635. He was received Master in Toulouse on March 26, 1665 and became ''bayl'' of the community, that is to say the equivalent of Master Guard, July 29, 1667. Archival documents show that he may have been the only cabinetmaker in Toulouse around 1660, at least that is a title he seems to have claimed.
It was probably in Calais, a small town in the north quite close to the Netherlands, renowned for their know-how in flower marquetry, that he was introduced to cabinetmaking, this still very recent art in France and that will import into Languedoc.

H. 76 cm x W. 68 cm

Attributed to Noel Hache received Master in Toulouse on March 26, 1665.
Walnut, sycamore, elm burl, submerged oak
Original mercury mirror
17th century

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