Masterpieces of Marquetry

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Getty Publications, Nov 29, 2001 - Antiques & Collectibles - 506 pages
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Marquetry, also called intarsia or inlay, is the art of creating intricate pictures and designs on furniture by skillfully cutting and fitting together thin pieces of colored wood, horn, metal, shell, and other precious materials. While this highly specialized art has its roots in ancient times, it was popularized in the eighteenth century in France and today remains centered in Paris. This three-volume set-originally published in French and now available for the first time in English-is the most comprehensive examination to date of the techniques used by expert marqueters in creating their exquisite masterpieces.
Masterpieces of Marquetry offers a detailed history of the medium from antiquity to the present day, illustrated with examples from the collections of museums around the world, and includes the masterpieces of some of the greatest cabinetmakers and marqueters in history. Methodically organized and lavishly illustrated, this set is an invaluable resource for art historians, antique collectors, and dealers, as well as contemporary fine furniture makers.
 

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Contents

Double Slantlid Louis XV Desk ca 1750
123
SecretaryBookcase 1755
127
Pair of Commodes ca 1750
129
Design of a Louis XV Tall Clock ca 1750
131
Corner Cupboards ca 175055
133
Louis XV Slantlid Desk
136
Louis XV Secretary ca 1755
136
Secretary 144 Mechanical Tables ca 175558
142
Charles X Table
183
Charles X Console Table
184
Charles X Chairs
185
Corner Cupboard 19th Century
187
Engraved Marquetry Designs
188
Marquetried Furniture at the Musee dOrsay
190
Cabinet ca 1873
192
Cabinet 1873
193

Table Made for Madame de Pompadour at the Metropolitan Museum of
145
Top of the Writing and Dressing Table at the J Paul Getty Museum
149
Top of the Writing Table at the Musee du Louvre
151
Writing Table Owned by MarieAntoinette
153
TransitionalStyle Commode
154
Small Rolltop Desk ca 1776
155
Mechanical Dressing and Writing Table
156
Dressing Table ca 176065
163
Corner Cupboards with Straw Marquetry
166
Desk ca 1770
170
Dressing Table ca 177780
172
Secretary ca 177075
178
Commode Table
180
From the Restoration Period to the LouisPhilippe Style
181
Coffee Table ca 1855
194
Plate
196
Small Cabinet
197
The Prophet Hosea
203
Display Cabinet
205
Art Deco Drawing
209
National Exposition of Craftsmanship 210 The 17th One of the Best Craftsmen in France Contest 1986
210
The 18th One of the Best Craftsmen in France Contest 1990
212
The Man Who Stopped the Earth
214
Bibliography
215
Acknowledgments
216
Photography Credits
217
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Pierre Ramond is the world's foremost teacher of marquetry. He is professor at the French Institute for the Restoration of Works of Art and a lecturer at the University of Paris, and the author of the award-winning text Marquetry.

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