Boulle is named after French ébéniste A.C. Boulle (1642-1732). The elaborate painting on the miniature pieces are meant to represent his fine decorative schemes of brass, tortoiseshell and other materials on a background of dark woods. He, and the cabinet makers that followed him, applied veneers and marquetry inlay over secondary wood.
Once we had agreed on the price I needed to find an ATM. The happy vendor walked with us to the nearest one, about a half a kilometer away, and escorted us back to the shop. We never would have found her again otherwise.
I had to glue the drawers of the little chest back together, and even though one is missing, but it is still charming.
I think the smaller one is older, but I am happy for more information if you have any.
I can't wait for my next visit to Paris. You can be sure I will be at the Flea Market, cash in hand, looking for treasure.