Inlay - (Furniture) Glossary of Antique Terms I

Inlay - (Furniture) A method of decorating furniture by laying small pieces of differently colored woods (or bone, ivory, etc.) in prepared recesses in the surface of the piece to be decorated. This inlay was a popular form of decoration in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries on oak and walnut furniture. Bone and Ivory was commonly inlayed around keyholes for Escutcheons. Inlay should not be confused with Marquetry or Parquetry. See Marquetry and Parquetry.


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