Advanced Courses / Marquetry and Parquetry
 

The finest cabinetmakers of the seventeenth and eighteenth-centuries decorated the surfaces of their work with elaborated deigns of veneer. The woods were selected for their variety of color and grain. To satisfy the taste of the period, they were often dyed brilliant colors. Marquetry is characterized by the depiction of flowers, landscapes and trophies. Parquetry is characterized by geometric patterns often rendered in perspective.

Painted imitations of Marquetry and Parquetry, both of which are variants of faux bois, require an exquisite precision that results in a more exciting surface than the actual inlaid wood.

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