mar·que·try noun \ˈmär-kə-trē\
: decorative work in which elaborate patterns are formed by the insertion of pieces of material (as wood, shell, or ivory) into a wood veneer that is then applied to a surface (as of a piece of furniture)
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Origin of MARQUETRY
Middle French marqueterie,
to checker, inlay, from marque
First Known Use: 1563
marquetry noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Decorative work in which thin pieces of wood, metal, or organic material, such as shell or mother-of-pearl, are affixed in intricate patterns to the flat surfaces of furniture. Marquetry became popular in late 16th-century France and spread throughout Europe as the demand for luxurious home furnishings rose in the next two centuries. See also André-Charles Boulle.
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