mar·que·try | \ˈmär-kə-trē \
variants: or less commonly marqueterie

Definition of marquetry 

: decorative work in which elaborate patterns are formed by the insertion of pieces of material (such 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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This room includes a spectacular marquetry cabinet by Adam Goodrum and Arthur Seigneur. Wendy Goodman, The Cut, "Twelve dazzling moments at the Milan Furniture Fair.," 26 Apr. 2018 Straw marquetry covered the walls, wood fretwork was painted to look like white enamel, and the air was filled with the aroma of sandalwood incense. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Diving for Starfish’ Review: The Affair L’Étoile de Mer," 22 Mar. 2018 The family room, which has straw marquetry dragonflies on the walls, can also be used as a fourth bedroom. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Designer’s dazzling ‘clock house’ wants $3.6M outside NYC," 20 Mar. 2018 Iran, to her, is mirror-work, marquetry, turquoise, faded glory. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "India Mahdavi, Virtuoso of Color," 20 Dec. 2017 But with adult patients Deschamps-Braly aimed for something closer to marquetry. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "The Story of a Trans Woman’s Face," 12 Mar. 2018 Walnut and oak beds and bureaus used inlaid marquetry for their quality workmanship and decoration. Ann Norman,, "Exhibitions highlighted Victorian influences on American design: Yenke Peddler antiques," 8 Mar. 2018 The ninth annual exhibition of works by Southern California woodworkers features contemporary, art, marquetry and traditional furniture designs. Linda Mcintosh,, "Fundraiser set for teen fighting cancer more in the community," 17 Jan. 2018 In another room, Ms. Taylor — whose work updates the age-old decorative inlay technique called marquetry — has imagined what Roosevelt Island might have looked like in the 19th century. Hilarie M. Sheets, New York Times, "At Cornell Tech, Art Engineered for the Imagination," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of marquetry

1563, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marquetry

Middle French marqueterie, from marqueter to checker, inlay, from marque mark

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