Marquetry is a labor intensive process that yields remarkably beautiful results.
Below, you will learn more about the history of marquetry, and see wonderful examples found here at Solvang Antiques.
Marquetry is the art of creating decorative designs and pictures by skillfully utilizing the grain and colors of thin veneers, or other materials such as shell.
Marquetry can be traced back to the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs which show inlays being used in the manufacture of caskets. These ancient artisans would carve out an area in wood and heat up animal bones and skin to create glue, which was then used the secure a corresponding piece of stone, metal, wood, or shell into place.
In the mid 16th century, innovations in spring-driven clocks brought about the fretsaw. This handheld tool allowed craftsmen to precisely cut pieces of inlay. The craftsmen glued pieces together into a sheet, which was then affixed onto a surface. The designs became much more intricate and complex.
Marquetry schools sprung up in France, Germany and Holland between the 16th and 18th Centuries. Exquisite examples of marquetry furniture were being created for royalty.