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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Examples of marquetry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Loewe's first-rate craftsmanship takes centerstage as well, interpreting the troupe of Studio Ghibli figures through jacquard, print, appliquè, leather marquetry, or embroidery. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 Jan. 2022 Paillonée and plique-à-jour enameling, miniature painting and various kinds of marquetry are in-house specialties, created in extremely limited editions; in fact all Jaquet Droz watches are limited to series of 8, 28 or 88 pieces. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 11 Aug. 2021 This marquetry panel is by French painter Jean-Charles Spindler (1865-1938). oregonlive, 3 Nov. 2021 The doors were bracketed by a beautiful W.P.A. marquetry mural, with two human figures cast as guardians of the portal. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Hendifar’s visual interests have always been sweeping, from Wiener Werkstätte textiles to Persian marquetry. Sarah Medford, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 In a process that takes several weeks, the marquetry artist begins by carefully selecting pieces of wood according to type, grain, color and texture. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 23 Aug. 2021 The Arceau Three Graces is an intricate creation of wood marquetry, assembled using 195 pieces of wood, surrounded by a miniature painting over a background of aventurine glass. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 23 Aug. 2021 Some were fancified with marquetry and brass detailing. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, 20 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of marquetry was in 1563

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14 Jan 2022

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“Marquetry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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