A decorative technique in which different woods are inlaid into the body of a piece to create an image, such as of flowers. While most of the time the inlay work is done with various woods, mother-of-pearl, ivory, tortoiseshell, or other materials are sometimes also employed.
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Item No. 1166French, Louis XV style, marquetry-inlaid bureau de pente
Inlaid with a combination of exotic woods, including walnut, Brazilian rosewood, satinwood, and birdseye maple; having a fall-front, which opens to reveal a writing surface and interior drawers; the whole resting upon four cabriole legs with bronze d'ore ornament.
In the manner of Hache (Grenoble, France). 19th century.
38¾" wide by 34¼" tall by 19½" deep
Item No. 979Fine, Louis XV style tric-trac table
In solid, carved walnut having cabriole legs ending in pied de biche (deer feet) and reversable top, one side (shown) with marquetry inlaid board for checkers, the other in green felt suitable for card playing. Removing the top reveals an inset, marquetry-inlaid backgammon board. The whole delicately carved. Late 18th or early 19th century from Nimes, France.
Item No. 1101French, Louis XV period, floral marquetry inlaid commode
Of bombé form with unusual three-drawer construction, inlaid in floral marquetry, the whole resting upon four cabriole legs terminating in bronze sabot feet. Mid-18th century.
Signed "N.PETIT" (Nicolas Petit, Master in 1761 was a great Parisian cabinetmaker. Established rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine under the sign "In the Name of Jesus", in his 30 years as a master he established a lasting reputation. His career began with very refined dressers of bombé form in the Louis XV style, secretaries, desks, small tables, many finely decorated with blooming branches.)
49" wide by 22¼" deep by 35" high
Item No. 1085French, Louis XVI period, marquetry-inlaid secretaire abattant
In rosewood, walnut, and satinwood; having original marble top in gray with white veining; the fall-front opening to reveal a writing surface and interior drawers. Late 18th century. Bearing the signature of Jean Laurent Cosson ("COSSON").
58½" high by 41" wide by 18" deep
Item No. 816Catalan, Baroque period, marquetry-inlaid, slant-front bureau
In walnut veneer with boxwood inlay, monogram surmounted by a crown. Two small external drawers above three long drawers, with an additional six interior drawers behind fold-down writing compartment. First half of the 18th century.
49½" high by 46" wide by 23½" deep