This Boulle* bracket supports a fine, early 18th century French clock, inlaid with Boulle. The effects of a damp atmosphere and shrinkage of the pine carcase caused the brass to lift away from the ground becoming loose, damaged and twisted. It had to be removed and straightened, the old glue and dirt cleaned off, then the brass relaId in-between the tortoiseshell, using animal glue. A time consuming task as much of the tortoiseshell was in a fragile state.
*Although Andre Charles Boulle did not invent the technique of inlaying brass and tortoiseshell onto furniture and wooden objects, as the best known exponent of the art, he gave his name to the process.