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A short history of inlay.

  • The greatest

    Andrè Charles Boulle (Paris 1642/1732) took the technique of inlay work to its utmost artistic expression, it was later named after him. He was a well-known figure among the Parisian aristocracy and was given the privilege by King Louis XIV, of being part of the closed circle of artists of the Louvre building.

  • The greatest

    Emile Gallè (Nancy 1846/1904) was among one of the greatest creators of art nouveau within the field of applied arts.

  • The most well-know and the most charming

    Giuseppe Maggiolini (Parabiago 1738/1814) was the main cabinet-maker of the late-Baroque and neo-classical era. He was most well-known for his inlay work featuring musical motifs on furniture, boxes, jewel cases etc….

  • The most virtuous

    Lorenzo Lotto (Venice 1480-Loreto 1556) the creator of the models later inlayed by Giovan Francesco Capoferri. Famous throughout the world for having executed the inlay work on the choir of Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo.

  • The less well known

    Their workshops were located in Via dei Servi in Florence, in collaboration with Arancione, Giuliano da Maiano executed the inlay work for Federico da Montefeltro’s study in the Ducal Palace between 1474 and 1483.

  • The most meticulous

    Carlo Bugatti (Milan 1856/1940) was the most meticulous and eccentric in micro-inlay work, creating refined inlays and small geometrical details of great charm.

  • The most ingenious and virtuous, currently the most copied

    Mario Moriggi from Pagazzano, an ebony and inlay worker, who applies a refined and charming decorative beauty to the choices of wood. He is currently the most imitated and sought after artist in his field of excellence in furniture design, naval outfitting, yachts, incredible boxes for watches of great value, cigar cases, pendulum clocks, wall clocks, regulators, wood panelling, floors, the most famous receptions in the world, from Dubai to the United States of America, perfectly meticulous ebony work for rifles and guns of great prestige, which are part of the great brands of the world of firearms, personalisation of arches and crossbows in prized wood, dreamlike chairs, ambos and lecterns (see the triptych of Saint Raphael of Torre Bordone) suites of great hotels, marquetry and inlayed pictures, music boxes, interiors and personalisation details for luxurious automobiles, bicycles in inlaid wood, inlaid heraldic coats of arms, inlaid icons, beds, sofas, dressers, small and large tables (see the largest inlaid table in the world which measures no less than 85 metres), with more than 6.5 million inlaid details – it is to be found in Saudi Arabia), religious marquetry, extreme personalisation details on any wood essence on gaming tables, roulettes of great prestige, funerary urns and inlaid sarcophaguses, which many Italian companies operating within this sector are trying to copy etc…. Sultan House