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Paintings in Wood: French Marquetry Furniture

Paintings in Wood: French Marquetry Furniture


Marquetry – creating patterns and pictures through inlaid veneers – has long been recognised as one of the most attractive and sophisticated methods of decorating fine furniture; indeed the visually-arresting marquetry compositions of eighteenth-century Paris were described by one contemporary as no less than 'paintings in wood.'

Illuminating the marvellous world of beauty conjured up by superlative French craftsmen including André-Charles Boulle, Jean-François Oeben and Jean-Henri Riesener, this book also reveals the technical secrets of this special art form, its sources and history. Richly illustrated with masterpieces from the Wallace Collection in London and other collections it also examines the extraordinary colour contrasts which would have been seen when the marquetry was first produced.

  • Yannick Chastang

    118 pages, paperback

    260 x 210 mm, 85 colour illustrations
    ISBN: 978 0 9008785 91 7

  • Exhibition

    This catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition Paintings in Wood held at the Wallace Collection, London,  4 October  –  31 December 2001.

  • About the author

    Yannick Chastang is a conservator in the Wallace Collection, with particular responsibility for furniture conservation. He has worked on the conservation of a number of masterpieces of eighteenth-century French furniture.

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