André-Charles Boulle

André-Charles Boulle (b. 1642- d. 1732) was a furniture-maker, gilder, and sculptor for Louis XIV of France. His designs for inlay furniture were revolutionary and eventually coined the technique called "boulle." He created the technique of inlaying furniture with pictorial marquetry in wood, and later elaborate tortoiseshell and brass inlays. His designs were fashionable during his lifetime and were later heavily imitated during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.