I saw this gorgeous marquetry cabinet and instantly fell in love. Its classical depiction of Greecian males is striking. This piece would be a fabulous bar, which every stylish home should have in my opinion, or a perfect storage unit in your library or living room. So very chic. Marquetry is the art of creating decorative designs and pictures by skillfully utilizing the grain, figure and colors of thin veneers, and sometimes other materials such as shell or ivory.
While the exact origins of marquetry are unknown, it is believed to have its inception in ancient Egypt where inlays were used in the palace of King Mausolus around 353 BC, located in modern day Turkey. In addition to this, hieroglyphs and paintings from Ancient Egypt indicate that veneers were cut with bronze adzes and applied to burial caskets. The technique was at the height of style in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones.
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