- inlaid work of variously colored woods or other materials, especially in furniture.
Origin of marquetry
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Examples from the Web for marquetry
The Daily Pic: Alison Elizabeth Taylor's marquetry is about more than just its amazing craft.A Veneer of Charm, With Depth
October 30, 2013
Emanuel Hopperton, of Leeds, made clocks with marquetry cases.
In this specimen the marquetry is under fine artistic control.
Augsburg and Nuremberg developed an industry and exported their marquetry.
But concurrent with the age of marquetry and lacquer was the great walnut period.
The escutcheon of the locks covers a portion of the marquetry.
- a pattern of inlaid veneers of wood, brass, ivory, etc, fitted together to form a picture or design, used chiefly as ornamentation in furnitureCompare parquetry
C16: from Old French, from marqueter to inlay, from marque mark 1
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Word Origin and History for marquetry
1560s, from French marqueterie "inlaid work," from marqueter "to checker" (14c.), frequentative of marquer, from marque (see marque).
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