Definition of boiserie in English:



mass noun
  • Wooden panelling.

    • ‘Jason gives a detailed account of the creation of the boiserie for an early eighteenth-century Parisian mansion and its recent restoration and installation in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.’
    • ‘Panels of carved boiserie with original oval paintings were salvaged from a French chateau and reassembled in a Texas house.’
    • ‘The objects he purchased included a Henri II boiserie, an iron gate from the Chateau de Versailles, and Italian Renaissance furniture.’
    • ‘Polidori lovingly recalls such fittings among the stock of the skylit Atelier Feau, whose inventory includes a painted boiserie portraying the muses of poetry and music.’
    • ‘While her earlier houses were twentieth-century pastiches of the Louis XVI style, here she had authentic eighteenth-century French boiserie installed in the drawing and dining rooms.’
    • ‘Moyer learned that on the sections of these pieces with recessed carved leaf decoration, the method used was oil gilding, which was usually reserved for gilding boiserie.’
    • ‘In addition to the suite of furniture, the gallery contains important paintings by French artists along with a set of eight panels of boiserie.’


Mid 19th century: French.