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Many times invoked as one of the oldest arts of humankind, the ancient art of marquetry is been attracting the interest of artists and designers over the years. The word marquetry derivates from French marqueterie. The early use of wood veneers for decorative purposes dates to ancient Egypt, although there isn’t much evidence of that.

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The exquisite delicate work, with appealing detail, in marquetry, a more contemporary look. Photo: ©Silas Kopf

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The ancient art of marquetry it was used in luxury furniture like this eye-catching table, The technique tries to conjoining the traditional with modern and give a new shape to the art nowadays. Photo: ©Silas Kopf

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The technique of marquetry can be used to a different aspect, like this exquisite and unique chairs but, also to other pieces of work Photo: © Canonbury Antiques

The process of marquetry became popular special in the late 16th century in France. After receiving an immense stimulus in the two following centuries in Europe, ancient art started to amplify. The economy was a crucial factor in the demand for luxurious domestic furniture.

In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, the French André-Charles Boulle elevates the ancient art of marquetry to a next level, conjoining exquisite furniture adorned unique marquetry patterns, leaving a legacy for the future generations.

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Marquetry technique had become more popular and nowadays is used not only for luxury furniture. Photo: © Covet Foundation

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The artisan working in an elaborated piece using the ancient art of marquetry. Photo: ©Amazing Music Box

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The details of the creation of a piece, an extended work of marquetry. Photo: ©Luxury Wood Flooring

There is a conception that marquetry and inlay or intarsia is the same art. Although, they are similar marquetry differs from this art craft. The marquetry art refers to the process of applying thin slices of wood to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or even pictures.

The ancient art of marquetry has long been perceived as a standout amongst the most appealing and modern methods of decorating fine furniture. The art of making sculptured ornaments in a wooden object creates undeniable beauty forms and shapes. Balancing, between a classic natural look and textures, to highly polished and coloured versions, wood has been a mainly raw material chosen by many artisans.

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An exquisite marquetry box with a “marbled” effect motif by the Portuguese talented artisan Ricardo Leal. Photo: ©Ricardo Leal

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The ancient art of marquetry could be applied in different works, this is a creation to a unique restaurant floor. Photo: ©Luxury Wood Flooring

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A handmade jewellery box using the marquetry technique and inspired by mid 19th century. Photo: ©Museum Selection

In modern crafts, it’s commonly the uses of knife-cut veneers. Nowadays, the technique of marquetry has been suffering an evolution. The artisan had switched to fretsaw or bow saw technique and now it’s possible a precise work in lesser time. The range of materials used today also became more varied, including not only rare tropical woods and metals such as silver, bronze, and brass but also a wide range of other materials of a semiprecious nature.

The marquetry as an ancient art is a manifestation of the spirit. The art is a genuine customized present for one of a kind events.

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