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Marquetry

DATES May 26, 1982 through October 17, 1982
ORGANIZING DEPARTMENT Decorative Arts
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
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  • August 31, 1982 An exhibition of Marquetry furniture selected from The Brooklyn Museum’s permanent collection recently opened at the Museum and will be on view through September 26, 1982.

    Marquetry has been a popular form of surface decoration on furniture for many centuries. This woodworking technique is a process of assembling cut pieces of contrasting woods and other materials to form veneers with pictorial, floral or geometric designs. Marquetry was first developed in Italy during the 14th century and later spread to France, Germany, the Netherlands, England and America.

    Among the furniture included in the exhibition is a German cabinet dating around 1630 with marquetry consisting of architectural landscapes, birds and ornamental motifs; an American armchair from the late 19th century with elaborate floral and pictorial marquetry in wood, ivory and mother-of-pearl; and a corner cabinet in the Art Deco style with floral marquetry in ivory, made by the French cabinetmaker Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann.


    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1971 - 1988. 1982, 049
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