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.

Articles on furniture history

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