by Helen Moon
Marquetry is a technique which was developed many centuries ago to create intricate patterns. The veneers are taped together and glued to a solid piece of furniture beneath. Marquetry was brought to England by Dutch and Huguenot craftsmen.
The chest located in the Dutch Room at Charlton House is probably from the 17thcentury. It would be primarily used for storage. Although it has some damage to the wood inlay it is a beautiful piece of furniture.