"Napoleon III Chair In Boulli Cardboard Decorated With A Fleur De Lys, Circa 1870"
From the 18th century, cardboard boxes made their appearance in volumes, for the sake of a lighter implementation: molding cardboard, also called boiled cardboard, papier-mâché or even "rotten paper", then collage cardboard. . You could nail, point, attach, glue or inlay elements on the previously moistened support to make it fit the desired shapes, and apply paint or gold leaf. Here we have white or colored mother-of-pearl inlays, in plates and in powder; gold leaf forming scrolls and arabesques around a central motif in the shape of a fleur-de-lys. Important saber feet giving an impression of lightness to the seat. Modern black velvet.