Stony inlaid table, stemming from the collection Médicis, the MNHN Paris source Studiolo du palais ducal de Gubbio, Italie The intarsio, ancestor of this art, was already known from the antiquity and was used for the decoration of buildings; the material used then was stone, marble, mother of pearl, metal. See miracles of stony marquetry to the National Museum of Natural History:   MNHN: The treasure

Then, the wooden marquetry appears in Italy in the XIV-th century; the artists of time realize their drawings themselves, or are inspired by famous painters (Botticelli); sometimes, they look for the 3-dimensional effect. The used material is the wood, mother-of-pearl, bone, stuck on the furniture or in decoration of buildings. Studiolo de Gubbio (Italie)

Marquetry Boulle, brass and scale of tortoise Bureau du Roy, by Riesener Then, the marquetry knows an important development in Germany and in France from the XVII-th century with Boulle who practises skillfully the wedding technique of metal and scale of tortoise.

To the XVIII-th, the Parisian cabinetmaker Riesener and Oeben uses precious wood for the decoration of fleurons, flowery baskets, pastoral figures, on the royal furniture. exemples

Nowadays, this art is still used in the copy of ancient furniture. One finds also the usage of wood varied to represent landscapes or local scenes, as Spindler in Alsace (France).

Marquetry alsatique of Spindler More and more today, artists use this means to give free course to their imagination in the architecture, the classic or contemporary cabinet furniture, and the different decoration.
Note: Other information about history can be consulted on other sites.

Room Spindler at Jenny Here are some of the big pictures in Spindler room, realized by Paul Spindler, and visible in the Parisian brewery " At Jenny, place de la Republique.

 Spindler Room, Chez Jenny Spindler Room, Chez Jenny

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