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Metropolitan Museum, New York

The Metropolitan Museum in New York has a fine example of English “seaweed” marquetry. The cabinet was built about 1700. The doors are quite spectacular. The inside of the cabinet has a set of smaller drawers and those drawer fronts are also decorated with the seaweed pattern. The back of the door also has marquetry decoration.

The woods used are walnut, walnut burl (the darker parts), and holly. The marquetry of the doors has a symmetry created by cutting the motifs in pairs and then joining them together. This is similar to the Boulle technique (xxxxx), but in this case the counterparts aren’t used in the piece of furniture. Perhaps this is because the wood is much easier to cut than brass and the “loss” of a set of motifs wasn’t felt as acutely as it would be in Boullework.

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