Definition of marquetry in English:


Syllabification: mar·que·try
Pronunciation: /ˈmärkətrē
(also marqueterie or marquetery)


Inlaid work made from small pieces of variously colored wood or other materials, used chiefly for the decoration of furniture.
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  • In style, portable furniture imitated stationary pieces but often lacked omamentation such as marquetry, inlays, or elaborate mounts.
  • The high cost of the exotic woods often used for the veneers and pictorial marquetry decoration meant that these materials had to be used sparingly.
  • Although he did not invent the technique of lavishly veneering furniture with marquetry of exotic tortoiseshell, pewter and brass and variously coloured woods which is named after him, he was, without doubt, its greatest exponent.


mid 16th century: from French marqueterie, from marqueter 'to variegate'.

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