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Marquetry

An example of pictorial marquetry
Napoleon III Pictorial Marquetry Panel

Marquetry is a type of inlay technique that is similar to parquetry. It is used to create intricate and beautiful designs on furniture, such as cupboard doors, table tops, and more. Unlike parquetry, marquetry consists of natural flowing forms such as foliate flowers, branches, leaves, landscapes, and figures.

Cabinetmakers use a variety of contrasting materials, to create marquetry pieces. These include boxwood, cherry, walnut, maple, ash, mahogany, satinwood, calamander, rosewood, ebony and also, brass, pewter, tortoiseshell, and ivory. The different tones, grains, and colours of the different wood types provide designers with the opportunity to create unique patterns. For example, Sorento furniture often features figural designs. Boulle work created opposing marquetry patterns in brass and tortoiseshell. In addition, it can be made out of stained light wood, such as boxwood, which can then be dyed with different colors for a striking effect.

Marquetry is an art form that has been used for centuries to create beautiful and intricate designs on furniture. Cabinetmakers use a variety of wood types to create unique patterns and designs. In addition, marquetry can be made out of stained light wood, such as boxwood, which can be dyed with different colors for a striking effect.

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