Subcontracting Marquetry panels

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Project by Patricelejeune posted 07-03-2013 07:02 PM 3871 views 9 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once in a while we are contacted to provide marquetry panels for other cabinet makers.

This is an old tradition for the french to subcontract the marquetry. We have at the American School of French Marquetry an early example of this practice. It is an intact 1874 panel shipped by french marquetry makers to american cabinet makers such as the Herter brother in New York.

This was and is still possible using the french technique of the assembly board where the marquetry is glued with hide glue on paper face down.

Here is another example of couple marquetry panels I did for a guy back east, I kept some for myself.

Wood is the glue side and the paper is the face side holding the marquetry together. It already has mastic and is ready to glue down.
Once glued remove the paper with cold water, sand and finish as you like.

In 2011, designers in Chicago sold the idea of marquetry panels on kitchen doors, but there cabinet maker, was not confident with his marquetry skills and hired us to provide those decorative panels.

Working on a budget we proposed designs on the desired style which were approved prior to cutting the panels.

We used 2 technique, painting in wood, stack cutting for the medallion of the 2 ends of the central unit

And piece by piece for the outside of those central unit panels and the 2 different sizes door panels for the pantry cabinet doors. The pieces were shadowed in hot sand

and assembled in a custom dyed background. As the cabinet maker sent us his panel for us to veneer instead of us shipping the marquetry panel on paper and glueing it himself, we decided to use a sticky plastic to control a possible bleeding of the dyed wood. in fact, an unnecessary precaution.

We did a video for Old Brown Glue, the liquid hide glue we produce here at Antique Refinishers on veneering and we used that project

Couple pictures for the one who can’t watch video

Preparing the panels

Applying glue

Secure the veneer and press it

Cleaning of the glued panels

Apart for the 2 end panels we had 2 short doors

and 3 long doors, notice the extra element at the bottom.

Ready to be shipped and finished by the Chicago cabinet maker

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 07-03-2013 07:04 PM

Beautiful work, how many years have you been studying marquetry?

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#2 posted 07-03-2013 07:09 PM

Deluxe kitchen, waw. Your work on this project is what makes it outstanding. It’s nice on itself, but the wood paintings really sell it.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#3 posted 07-03-2013 07:11 PM

excellent !!!!

-- Alexander , Greece,

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#4 posted 07-03-2013 07:32 PM

Gee thanks Patrice.
My wife saw these and now I have a first project after for the sawn veneers I will be getting in Sept.
This marquetry is just beautiful.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 07-03-2013 08:35 PM


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#6 posted 07-03-2013 09:05 PM

absolutely incredible!

-- Steve

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#7 posted 07-03-2013 10:24 PM

Outstanding work, excellent

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 07-04-2013 02:38 AM

Amazing, incredible, excellent work, such detail…just awesome.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 07-04-2013 03:08 AM

man that’s a love and dedication. Beautiful!

-- Harold

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#10 posted 07-04-2013 03:14 AM

Absolutely beautiful.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#11 posted 07-04-2013 04:23 AM

You’re an artist and a master of the details!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#12 posted 07-04-2013 04:47 AM

Gorgeous Patrice…

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#13 posted 07-04-2013 05:00 AM

Simply outstanding

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#14 posted 07-04-2013 08:16 AM

Masterly work and very beautiful. I also enjoyed learning about how marquetry can be done by a specialist and then incorporated into someone else’s project. Maybe some of our budding LJ marquetry artists can do something similar with custom cabinet makers.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 07-04-2013 10:59 AM

Beautiful work Patrice.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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