Marquetry is the term used to describe a picture made up of individual pieces of veneer. These can be figurative pictures or ornamental ones, such as the bandelwerk from the Baroque period.

In contrast to an inlay, the resulting pictures are glued onto a support wood.

Marquetry can be made of different woods or other materials such as pewter, ivory or mother-of-pearl. The individual woods can be further refined by fire shading or ink paintings.

Marquetry work reached its peak on antique furniture in the Dutch and Italian rococo periods.

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