Top representative of marquetry and cabinet making since 1865
Established on the Faubourg Saint-Antoine in Paris,150 years ago, this workshop has seen a series of prestigious owners : Weinspach and Guilmet, Alphonse Immauville, Lacroix and Marrec who have left an indelible mark and a unique expertise in traditionnal French inlay veneers.
Today, a new generation is carrying on the centuries-old tradition of fine marquetry craftsmanship: the workshop offers both classical and contemporary masterworks using traditional techniques such as scroll saws, or modern methods such as laser cutting and numerical control milling; it also proposes straw marquetry, a French tradition which goes back to the 17th century.
Marquetry is generally used on furniture, but can be applied to a wide variety of substrates, including jewelry, musical instuments, lamps, parquet floors, murals, cigars or jewelry boxes, billiards tables and much more.
The workshop collaborates with French and international designers ; it also offer refurbishment services for marquetry that needs to be retouched or totally restored on furniture, parquet floors or any other objects, whatever style or period.
Savoir-faire and expertise
Styles : antique or contemporary style furniture and other objects,
Materials : Very wide variety of veneers, and textures including stained woods ; very wide variety of other materials such as pewter, brass, bone, vegetable ivory, mother-of-perl, marble, tortoise-shell… ; straw marquetry.
Techniques : The major traditional skills required – design, cutting, shading, gathering, gluing, sandpapering, varnishing – are same as used in the 17th century, during the Golden Age of marquetry in France, the only change being the use of stronger and safer glue and varnish.
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