Mattie - Boulle style marquetry box number 4

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Project by madburg posted 07-12-2017 08:09 AM 2604 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the third of my Boulle style marquetry boxes. The marquetry panels for this and the three others where produced by stack cutting a sandwich of materials on a chevalat. With the parts interchanged you get as many different color combinations of the design as there are materials in the stack.

This one has a pewter and brass background, with ‘tortoise shell’, jarrah and ‘ebony’, details. The metal parts are engraved to add detail to the design. It is a contra partie design – a dark coloured design set into a light background.

Cheery veneer is used for the interior with solid cherry for the removable trays, and drawers, with cherry and walnut for the edgings. This one also has three removable trays and five small drawers, three of which are hidden behind a false side. It is lined with dark green goat skin.

Yes there are two more as yet unfinished. Their designs are rather inferior to the four shown as they are made up from the remaining pieces, mainly ‘ebony’ and jarrah which were left from cutting the 6 layer stacks.

To see more on my journey with these boxes visit my blog Boulle style marquetry.

Thanks for looking.

-- Madburg WA

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-12-2017 11:01 AM

Gorgeous box!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 07-12-2017 12:44 PM

All these latest boxes you posted are totally amazing!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-12-2017 02:43 PM

Steve, its simply stunning. Beautiful proportions, i like the trays inside.

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#4 posted 07-12-2017 02:53 PM

Ditto statements on box 1! Glad I do not have to pick a favorite, would be an impossible task.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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Mainiac Matt

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#5 posted 07-12-2017 03:24 PM

that is a real work of art.

So amazing

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#6 posted 07-12-2017 05:42 PM

Madburg, they are all just so fantastic. You have a real gift and talent.

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#7 posted 07-12-2017 06:34 PM

Magnificant marquetry work – I can’t imagine the effort you put into this skill. The interior drawers are totaly different story, I wonder where did you put them all in such small space!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 07-12-2017 07:13 PM

It is absolutely a beautiful box and has wonderful details and displays fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 07-13-2017 01:03 AM

Thanks every one. Interesting that this has had the 2nd most number of comments out of the four boxes. I’ve now added comments to Martha about problems with the polyurethane finish which affected Mattie to lesser extent.

But I don’t plan to strip Mattie and re-finish her.

My own preferences out of the four boxes are …............. 1st Charlotte, and a very close run thing to 2. Karen, then 3rd Mattie, and 4th Martha. 1 and 2 are in premier partie a light design in a dark background.

Karen to my mind has the best colour combination. Not sure about the YSL blue, but it certainly is striking. Charlotte’s marquetry colour combination isn’t quite as striking as Karen, but with the jarrah edging and what looks like a jarrah cross-banding boarder to the lid but isn’t, together with the claret lining seems more subtle and in keeping with the style.

Thanks again.

-- Madburg WA

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#10 posted 07-13-2017 01:12 PM

Wow, and I don’t say that often. Very nice and unique. Thanks for the explanation as well. Very cool, your skills really show. Nice job.

-- John in Florida

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