Lowell Lecture

Curated Conversations: Painting in Wood: Marquetry and Parquetry

Date & Time

March 10, 2019 at 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.


Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115
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Gordon Hanlon, Head of Furniture and Frame Conservation

Presenting Organization

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


The Arts

Explore the techniques used to transform colorful woods into exquisite patterns for the decoration of the surfaces of furniture. In marquetry and parquetry, thin veneers or slices of wood are cut in a variety of shapes and pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle. Gordon Hanlon, Head of Furniture and Frame Conservation, discusses the techniques used to decorate ornate 18th-century furniture from France, England, and Germany. View samples that illustrate the stages in the creation of these two exciting forms of wood decoration..