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Metropolitan Museum, New York

A style of marquetry that was popular in England around 1700 is referred to as “seaweed”. Contrasting wood veneers were cut in complicated patterns and used to decorate furniture. The work in some ways resembles Boulle work (xxxxx) in that there are two tones cut in juxtaposition to one another.

This cabinet is covered with seaweed marquetry. It is even on the S-shaped legs. The inside has a set of drawers that also has seaweed on it.

The style of the cabinet is similar toward being done in Holland at the time (xxxx), and this perhaps reflects the fact that many of the finest cabinetmakers working in England at the time were Dutch.

This piece is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Post Series: English marquetry
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