Marquetry Flooring

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  • inlaid veneers are fitted together to form a design or picture that is then used to ornament furniture
  • Marquetry is the art and craft of covering a structural carcass with pieces of veneer forming decorative patterns, designs or pictures.
  • Elaborate veneered or inlaid designs in various coloured woods, sometimes including ivory, or metals such as silver; usually floral or natural in design; as opposed to parquetry which is based on geometric shapes.
  • Inlaid work made from small pieces of variously colored wood or other materials, used chiefly for the decoration of furniture
  • The boards or other material of which a floor is made
  • floor: the inside lower horizontal surface (as of a room, hallway, tent, or other structure); "they needed rugs to cover the bare floors"; "we spread our sleeping bags on the dry floor of the tent"
  • (floored) provided with a floor
  • building material used in laying floors
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A Marquetry Odyssey: Historical Objects and Personal Work, Silas Kopf
A Marquetry Odyssey: Historical Objects and Personal Work, Silas Kopf
A combined cabinet-maker's monograph and history of marquetry, it features more than 300 color plates over 230 pages. This volume offers an approachable introduction to the art of marquetry through the writings and work of scholar and artisan, Silas Kopf. This richly illustrated presentation of the art of marquetry is placed in context by one of its most ardent and talented proponents: Silas Kopf. A distinguished cabinetmaker for more than thirty years, Kopf identifies the origins and influences of numerous decorative arts and architectural movements that have impacted his own work, from objects created in ancient Egypt, and during the Italian Renaissance to inspiration he has drawn from seventeenth century British and Dutch furniture makers in addition to the work of Art Nouveau artists like Louis Majorelle. Kopf is a lifelong observer of objects of marquetry starting with his apprenticeship with artist Wendell Castle and later as a student of the Ecole Boulle in Paris where he learned the traditional art of marquetry and absorbed the work he saw in the museum collections. All of these influences are present in this piece-by-piece narration of Kopf's own development as an artisan, designer and scholar, writes Glenn Adamson, Head of Graduate Studies and Deputy Head of Research, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, who contributes the foreword. The final product is a volume filled with historical examples of marquetry next to Kopf's own work that provides deep insight into this artform.

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Bedroom from the Palazzo Sagredo
Bedroom from the Palazzo Sagredo
Bedroom from Sagredo Palace Italian (Venice) 18th century (ca. 1718) Wood, stucco, marble, glass Stuccowork by Abbondio Stazio of Massagno (1675–1745) and Carpoforo Mazzetti (ca. 1684–1748) Ceiling painting by Gaspare Diziani of Belluno (1689–1767) In design and workmanship, this bedroom, consisting of an antechamber with a bed alcove, is one of the finest of its period. The decoration is in stucco and carved wood. In the antechamber, fluted Corinthian pilasters support an entablature out of which fly amorini bearing garlands of flowers. Other amorini bear the gilded frame of a painting by Gasparo Diziani, depicting dawn triumphant over night. Above the entry to the alcove seven amorini frolic, holding a shield with the monogram of Zaccaria Sagredo. A paneled wood dado with a red-and-white marble base runs around the room. The unornamented portions of the walls are covered with seventeenth-century brocatelle. The bed alcove has its original marquetry floor. The stuccowork was done by Abbondio Stazio and Carpoforo Mazzetti. The amorini are beautifully modeled and the arabesques of the doors are exquisitely executed. Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC
Meadowbank marquetry floor - Moorilla
Meadowbank marquetry floor - Moorilla
We took a trip to Hobart, normally a two and a half hour drive but this time we took the scenic route! We enjoyed some wineries in the Coal River valley ... mmm! This is at Meadowbank vineyard. I'm not sure about this animal - is it a Thylacine?

marquetry flooring
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The Art of Marquetry (Schiffer Book for Woodworkers)
Marquetry is a technique where different natural colors of wood veneers are carefully cut to fit precisely together, creating a spectacular design in a single sheet or picture. In the mid 16th century, Italian craftsmen began using marquetry as a furniture decorating art. Using a technique called the double-bevel cut, the novice to advanced woodworker is led through a fully illustrated step-by-step process from the design to the finish. Hundreds of color photographs demonstrate in detail how to saw your own veneers out of solid wood planks, the tools and materials required, using the scroll saw and the fret saw, choosing woods for color and grain, design tips, shading with hot sand, and finishing. Four patterns ranging from simple to challenging projects are included as is an extended gallery of finished works to inspire the marquetarian in you.

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