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In defence of 'brown' furniture
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In defence of 'brown' furniture

Traditionalists have lamented the downfall of ‘brown’ furniture in popular taste for decades. But like all great things, antique dark wood is making a comeback – and for good reason. What exactly is brown furniture? [caption id="attachment_3052" align="alignright" width="432"] 19th Century burr walnut gueridon.[/caption] Even the name is unfair, and frankly lazy. Brown furniture impl...
Up Close: Marquetry
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Up Close: Marquetry

The 18th Century writer Savary des Brulons described marquetry as 'paintings in wood.' He refers to the process of creating a decorative image by applying thin pieces of wood over the surface of an object. This intricate process can transform a piece of furniture into a masterpiece. The Italians were the first to use marquetry in the 13th Century, but the Dutch perfected and spread the art t...