mar·​que·​try | \ ˈmär-kə-trē How to pronounce marquetry (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web Montefeltro’s marquetry studiolo, his library and office, is one of the most splendid spaces in Italy. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Random Thoughts on Raphael," 5 Sep. 2020 Beginning in the 15th century in France, marquetry, or the art of inlaying thin pieces of wood or metal into an intricate design, became a winning decorative approach in furniture. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A Dazzling New Collection of Watches Captures the Beauty of Underwater Life," 10 Aug. 2020 However, marquetry isn’t the exclusive purview of beautiful decor, as evidenced by Breguet’s use of the technique in its new collection of Marine Haute Joaillerie 9509 Poseidonia watches. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A Dazzling New Collection of Watches Captures the Beauty of Underwater Life," 10 Aug. 2020 For more than half a century, the Orient Express ran from Paris to Istanbul, among other routes, its luxurious cars fitted out with Lalique glass reliefs, mahogany paneling, and rosewood marquetry. Penelope Green,, "James Sherwood; revived the Orient Express, 86," 5 July 2020 The Lotus badge on the Evija's nose will be made using a marquetry process, laid into the carbon-fiber structure. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Lotus Evija Still Coming This Year, and Future Owners Can Spec It," 29 Apr. 2020 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had visited the vast isles and were charmed by the marquetry and intricate detailing of these special furnishings. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Celebrating our Celtic influences: Yenke Peddler antiques," 12 Mar. 2020 The tones shift according to no discernible rule, giving the piece an unexpected rhythm, a word Saunders likes to use to describe the effect of the patterns created by the delicate marquetry, which is abundant in his designs. New York Times, "The Scottish Designer Who’s Trading in Fashion for Furniture," 13 Feb. 2020 That includes a high-concept menu with a drink that’s layered like a parfait and wood marquetry art that magically reveals words from certain angles. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Riggs Washington DC: First In," 7 Feb. 2020

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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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“Marquetry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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