American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Material, such as wood or ivory, inlaid piece by piece into a wood surface in an intricate design and veneered to another surface, especially of furniture, for decoration.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inlay of some thin material in the surface of a piece of furniture or other object. The most common material is a veneer of wood; such veneers are often stained green, dark-red, and other colors. Ivory, tortoise-shell, etc., are sometimes combined with these.
- n. uncountable, woodworking A decorative technique in which veneers of wood, ivory, metal etc. are inlaid into a wood surface to form intricate designs.
- n. countable An example of this work
- n. inlaid veneers are fitted together to form a design or picture that is then used to ornament furniture
- From Middle French marqueterie. (Wiktionary)
- French marqueterie, from Old French, from marqueter, to checker, from marque, mark, ultimately from Old Norse merki, mark. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The inlay of wood has been called marquetry and intarsia, and was used principally on furniture and choir stalls.”
“Rob Milam uses a technique called marquetry to create stunning portraits out of wood veneer.”
“Yet while the straight lines and flat veneered panels of Koloman Moser's "Enchanted Princesses Cabinet" 1900 foreshadow a design vocabulary several decades in the future, the long-haired princesses inlaid in marquetry are pure Pre-Raphaelite medievalism, proving that Romantic ideas weren't entirely discarded by the rising generation.”
“The decoration's marquetry, the trick is hiding mechanisms in the grain.”
“I carried the finished product out to her, along with fresh cups of coffee, on a marquetry serving tray.”
“Occasionally a piece is accented with simple inlays of pewter, copper or wood marquetry, but most frequently Stickley relies on vigorous strap hinges, bale drawer-pulls and other wrought-iron or hammered copper hardware to lend ornament to the restrained Craftsman design vocabulary.”
“Mr. Makepeace has also experimented for the first time with marquetry, using white holly and dark oak to produce a pair of "Zebra" cabinets.”
“Bentley The workspace from the driver's seat is exemplary: A fantasia of knurled aluminum, polished brightwork, a door-to-door waistrail of walnut marquetry and piano-black fascia.”
“A fantasia of knurled aluminum, polished brightwork, a door-to-door waistrail of walnut marquetry and piano-black fascia.”
“Each slice was exactly 6mm thick and I cut it with a marquetry saw before deciding this was ridiculous, and that I should be using my teeth.”
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