Illustrated Architecture Dictionary............  Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary



A shaped piece of one material embedded in another as part of surface ornamentation.


A technique in which a design is cut out of the surface to be decorated and filled in with other contrasting materials cut to fit exactly into these openings. The contrast of color or materials creates the decoration. The inserts may be of wood veneer, metals, shells, mother-of-pearl, hot sulfur, wax, glass, ivory, etc.

Marquetry:  a mosaic usually of wood fitted into a support

Intarsiaan elaborate form of marquetry using inlays in wood, especially as practiced in 15th-century Italy.

Federal style commonly used inlay patterns:

Two commonly used woods for stringing were boxwood and ebony.

Imitation inlay: A painted decoration or decalcomania which simulates inlay work, but is recognizable by its smooth, uninterrupted surface.


Photos and their arrangement 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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