AN EARLY 18th CENTURY MARQUETRY CABINET
AN EARLY 18th CENTURY MARQUETRY CABINET
AN EARLY 18th CENTURY MARQUETRY CABINET
AN EARLY 18th CENTURY MARQUETRY CABINET

AN EARLY 18th CENTURY MARQUETRY CABINET

c. 1730 France

Offered by Tarquin Bilgen

£7,900 gbp
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A fine early 18th century two door marquetry cabinet, retaining the original mottled marble top and veneered throughout in fine and highly figured woods of walnut, burr elm and kingwood, the two doors opening to a oak lined interior revealing the oak carcass, the whole raised on bracket feet.

This cabinet was probably made in the Alsace or Grenoble area France.

A similar cabinet retaining its identical top recently offered for sale in Versailles.
Marquetry (also spelled as marqueterie) is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. The technique may be applied to case furniture or even seat furniture, to decorative small objects with smooth, venerable surfaces or to freestanding pictorial panels appreciated in their own right. Parquetry is very similar in technique to marquetry: in the former the pieces of veneer are of simple repeating geometric shapes, forming tiling patterns such as would cover a floor (parquet), or forming basketweave or brickwork patterns, trelliswork and the like.

Marquetry (and parquetry too) differs from the more ancient craft of inlay, or intarsia, in which a solid body of one material is cut out to receive sections of another to form the surface pattern. The word derives from a Middle French word meaning "inlaid work".

The veneers used are primarily woods, but may include bone, ivory, turtle-shell (conventionally called "tortoiseshell"), mother-of-pearl, pewter, brass or fine metals. Marquetry using coloured straw was a specialty of some European spa resorts from the end of the 18th century. Many exotic woods as well as common European varieties can be employed, from the near-white of boxwood[1] to the near-black of ebony, with veneers that retain stains well, like sycamore, dyed to provide colours not found in nature.

Dimensions
Height 89.00 cm (35.04 inches)
Width 118.00 cm (46.46 inches)
Depth 73.00 cm (28.74 inches)
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