inlays

Whimsy and Shamrocks


A collector of English furniture once asked me if I recognized who might have made a chest of drawers he had purchased.  It had beautifully executed inlays and was in an early neo-classical style that appeared to say it was made in London. In fact, the inlays looked like the work of the firm of cabinetmakers Mayhew and Ince who produced very fine furniture there from about 1759-1800, much of which featured sophisticated inlays in the style popularized by architect Robert Adam, with whom they worked. However, there was more whimsy in the style of the inlays on the chest.
Adam, neo-classical, inlays, marquetry, pier table, honeysuckle, anthemion, palmetto, satinwood