My first forays into marquetry furniture were modeled on the French Art Nouveau. I used the floral designs that had been jewelry box tops and made bigger panels. Pictures for coffee tables were about four feet long. The table members were carved in the sinuous Art Nouveau manner. I also did Nouveau-styled cabinets with marquetry doors.
These pieces opened the door to showing work in art galleries. The galleries gave me an audience for more ambitious furniture pieces.