Marquetry is the decorative art of applying pieces of veneer to a piece of furniture or any structure for that matter to form decorative designs or patterns. The technique is often applied to furniture, small decorative objects, picture frames, boxes and any object that has a flat or solid surface to work with. 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 table a la Bourgogne by Jean Pierre Latz, circa 1755
This Louis XV ormolu-mounted amaranth, bois satine, tulipwood and bois de bout table by German-born cabinetmaker Jean Pierre Latz dates from circa 1755. Although the marquetry is fine, it is the desk components, revealed when opened, that makes this piece truly remarkable. It was believed to have been commissioned by Marie-Victoire Sophie de Noailles, the duchesse de Penthievre, before 1756, then by descent to her son (of the chateau de Sceaux), and then to his daughter, the duchesse d’Orleans, mother of King Louis Phillipe. Estimate $200,000 to $300,000.
Dutch Rosewood and Marquetry Bow-Front Commode, late 19th Century Christies
A Napoleon III Gilt Bronze Mounted Kingwood Parquetry and Marquetry CIRCA 1870S sothebys.com
French transitional period commode with lovely inlay and marquetry in satinwood, rosewood and tulipwood, and Gris Sainte Anne marble top. Gilt-bronze mounts, three drawers, with working locks and key.
Commode, c. 1770 wood marquetry, gilded bronze and marble, Pierre-Antoine Foullet (French; active ca. 1765–1780) The commode is decorated with bands of gilded bronze that surround the marquetry, create the frieze-like band around the top, and accent the edges and legs. Below the central medallion, Foullet mounted an image of a brulé parfum, which was a pot used to burn pastilles that perfumed the air. Corcoran Art Gallery.
Small French Louis XV Commode
Oak frame veneered with tulipwood, sycamore, boxwood, kingwood and bois teinté; fire-gilt bronze fittings;
Louis XV Kingwood & Fruitwood Marquetry Bureau Plat
A Dutch commode in a simple design, with two doors in the front. The marble top follows the contours of the object, after the example of the French commodes of the day. This object marks the transition from Rococo to Classicism. The “bulged” forms typical for the 1760-1770 period have disappeared, but the cabriole legs with firegilt bronze fittings still remind of the Rococo.
The exceptional fine marquetry of flowers on the front and sides is surrounded by a dark trim. The fitting with the urn and garlands under the doors is known from an English catalogue of the time and is probably from Birmingham (Baarssen, fig. 46). A similar fitting is found on an encoignure by Matthijs Horrix, that, remarkably, also has the same cabriole feet and “sabot” fittings.
Rare Arbalete Commode by Francois Garnier
A stunning specimen of the ébéniste’s craft, this important Régence-period arbalète commode, named so for its desirable “crossbow” shape, is veneered in beautiful violet wood and mounted with chiseled mercury-gilded bronze of exceptional quality.
France took the reins of high furniture making during the 18th century, setting precedence throughout the world in both style and craftsmanship. In terms of its construction and design, this commode features all of the characteristics of the great Régence furniture of the era, from the smooth curvature of its shape to the nature-inspired Rocaille decoration of its doré bronze fixtures. Crafted by master ébéniste François Garnier, the commode is accentuated by its fine rouge marble top, which serves as the perfect complement to the trademark reddish color of the violet wood.
19th century Louis XV-style marquetry inlaid bronze mounted marble top petite commode.
19th Century French Rosewood Marquetry Chevet Table Louis XV Style with Bronze Ornamentation also night table, side table
Cupboard | Paris, France ca. 1700. Ebony veneer, with marquetry of engraved pewter and brass and panels of clear horn over blue pigment, on an oak carcase.
Fish-Scale Marquetry Commode
ommode in mahogany and satinwood with attractively patterned marquetry; single drawer above open cabinet; pull-out slides with faux-snakeskin insets at either end