This magnificent marquetry portrait was made around 1930 by a Russian immigrant to France name Vassilieffe. He worked in the workshop of Pierre Rosenau and made this picture of his employer. The picture is only about twelve inches high yet it has incredible detail. Look at all the pieces of wood no larger than grains of rice that that make the shading around the eye.
Pierre Ramond introduced me to this work when I studied at the École Boulle in the late 80’s. I had attempted some portraiture (xxxx) but nothing with this kind of detail. However I was determined that when I got back to my own workshop that I would try. Pieces like Bricolage were the results of my efforts (xxxx).