Furniture woods........... Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary


A highly figured, close-grained, hard, durable wood native to Ceylon and the East Indies. It is light yellow togolden brown in color with a lustrous satin-like quality.

A favorite wood in the Louis XV and Louis XVI periods, and was also favored by Adam, Chippendale, and Sheraton for inlay and veneering.

Hepplewhite used satinwood as a background for painted medallions.

Age of Satinwood
The elegant period in England from about 1765 to 1800, when the cabinetmakers and designers favored the light, delicate-toned satinwood for furniture. The
Adam brothersused it extensively in their work, as did Hepplewhite, Shearer, and Sheraton.

See also: laminated ..... veneered ..... inlay ..... marquetry

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