Marquetry

Marquetry

by Pierre Ramond
     
 

For centuries the art of marquetry has been centered in Paris, where the tradition has been transmitted only within workshops concentrated in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine. The outside world, therefore, has had very limited knowledge of the techniques used by the masters of this art.

The publication of this English-language edition of La Marquetrie gives amateurs,

Overview

For centuries the art of marquetry has been centered in Paris, where the tradition has been transmitted only within workshops concentrated in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine. The outside world, therefore, has had very limited knowledge of the techniques used by the masters of this art.

The publication of this English-language edition of La Marquetrie gives amateurs, art historians, creative woodworkers, and conservators access to an invaluable body of knowledge of the techniques of marquetry, covering the history of the craft as well as explanations of how a marqueter's studio is organized and the materials, instruments, drawing, preparation, and procedures used in the craft. It combines a thorough explanation of the craft techniques with detailed analysis of period examples, thereby giving readers a better understanding of marquetry pieces and new insights into shop practices. The book is an invaluable resource both for the art historian and the practicing craftsperson.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The history and technique of marquetry, a mosaic-like art of fitting together thin wood veneer pieces to form intricate ``pictures'' in furniture or on decorative surfaces, is meticulously examined as Ramond, teacher at Paris's famed craft school, l'Ecole Boulle, traces the history of the centuries-old tradition from Asia Minor to Italy, France and England, and explains the complex mechanics involved in creating what is sometimes called ``painting in wood.'' Marqueters, cabinetmakers, restorers and art historians will be fascinated by drawings and photographs that detail working methods, tools and machines employed in construction, virtually reviving a craft that had its distant heyday in the 18th century. Also surveyed are period styles as represented by marquetry ``greats'' and lesser-knowns. Outside of arcane manuals that long ago provided instruction to craftspeople, little has been published in book form on the subject, so Ramond's volume may stand alone as an introduction to a magnificent but comparatively obscure woodworking specialty. (Oct.)
Library Journal
A French artist and professor, Ramond describes marquetry as the art of painting with wood. The beautiful works displayed in this title are fit for royalty-and in some cases the recipient was indeed a monarch. The hundreds of color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations trace the history of marquetry, showing how the scenes or patterns that were applied to specific pieces reflect the styles popular when they were created. The work is so intricate that it literally must be seen to be believed; modern woodworkers should reflect that each part of these historical pieces was made using hand tools. Ramond also describes the materials and techniques used by marqueters in the past and shows how contemporary work is being created. Since the original edition was published in 1977, there have been some changes in the craft related to protecting endangered species of animals or woods that were traditionally used in this craft, but libraries that have an earlier edition should keep it. This oversized book of rare beauty is pricey but worth every penny; it should be considered for comprehensive woodworking or decorative arts collections.-Jonathan N. Hershey, Akron-Summit Cty. P.L., Akron, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9782851010056
Publisher:
Vial, H., Editions
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
10.24(w) x 14.57(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Pierre Ramond practiced the art of marquetry for many years in the foremost studio of Paris before turning his energy to educating others in the craft.

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