Paintings in Wood French Marquetry Furniture

Published by the Wallace Collection to accompany the exhibition Paintings in Wood curated by Yannick Chastang and held at the Wallace Collection from 4 October to 31 December 2001.

Marquetry – Creating patterns and pictures through inlaid veneers- has long been recognised as one of the most attractive and sophisticated methods of decorating fine furniture; indeed the visually arresting marquetry compositions of eighteenth century Paris were described by one contemporary as no less than “paintings in wood”

Illuminating the marvellous world of beauty conjured up by superlative French craftsmen, including André-Charles Boulle, Jean-François Oeben and Jean-Henri Riesener, this book also reveals the technical secrets of this special art form, its sources and history. Richly illustrated with masterpieces from the Wallace Collection in London and other collections it also examines the extraordinary colour contrasts which would have been seen when the marquetry was first produced.

Contracted in 2008 by the Jean-Paul Getty Museum to help with the study of their Marquetry furniture in preparation of their forthcoming furniture catalogue.


Louis Tessier’s Livre de principes de fleurs and the eighteenth-century marqueteur

Furniture History, Vol. XLIII (2007), pp. 115-126

 Fit for a Queen (Secretaire by Jean-Henri Riesener for Marie-Antoinette at Versailles)

Co-written article with Eleanor Tollfree published in Apollo, October 2004


Serrage sous vide partiel des placages, une alternative aux techniques traditionnelles

Postprint of the international conference organised by APROA –BRK, Brussel, November 2001

The Study and conservation of a coffer on stand attributed to André-Charles Boulle

Postprint of the international conference organised by the Bayerisches National Museum, Munich, May 2011.

The conservation of two pietre dure and gilt-bronze-mounted cabinets made by Domenico Cucci for Louis XIV

Postprint of the 2012 international congress “the Decorative, Conservation and the Applied Arts”, Vienna, published by Maney Publishing and IIC


Marquetry Techniques in Paris during the second half of the 18th century

Postprint of the 2nd Scandinavian Symposium on Furniture Technology and Design, Marquetry Past and Present, Linkopings Universitet, Vadstena, Sweden May 2007.