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Musée d’Art Moderne, Strasbourg, France

Charles Spindler

My introduction to the craft of marquetry came from The Art and Practice of Marquetry written by W.A. Lincoln. There were a handful of black and white photos and one that caught my eye was a village scene by Paul Spindler. A lot of marquetry has a paint-by- number look to it, but this picture went way beyond that. I kept my eye out for more work by Spindler.

Eventually I found out that Paul Spindler was just a part of a family tradition. His father Charles was a celebrated marquetry artist working in Alsace at the turn of the 20th century. Paul joined his father around 1930. The workshop is now run by Paul’s son, Jean-Charles, and they are still making wonderful panels.

The Musée d’Art Moderne in Strasbourg has this beautiful folding screen made by Charles Spindler in1902. I love the wood used for the sky and burls in the tree foliage. The white swans and the dress jump out of this pleasing composition.

Historical Works
1. Marquetry of Émile Gallé
2. Fra Giovanni da Verona
3. André- Charles Boulle
4. Jan van Mekeren
5. Antonio Barili self-portrait
6. Ernest Gimson
7. Charles Spindler screen
8. Pierre Golle table
9. Ruhlmann Corner Cabinet
10. Nathan Lombard
11. Barili saint
12. Egyptian Woodworking
13. Herter Brothers
14. Chest of Drawers
15. Karl Franz box
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