The hand-made furniture made by order is not just the handicraft articles but real masterpieces best examples of which we can see now only in museums and antique shops. There was time when the sketches for furniture were made by great Sandro Botticelli and Philippo Lippy and names of Andrea Charles Bull and David Roentgen were known like the names of best furniture masters of Europe who worked with orders of royal persons.

One of the popular techniques used for decoration of furniture was the technique marquetry. Merquetry (from the French marqueterie) is the mosaic of thin plates of valuables sorts of wood of 1-3 mm thick different by color and texture sticking on the base of simple sorts of wood. Using this technique the table tops and doors of wardrobes, wall panels and cases were decorated.

Choosing colors while performing marquetry technique it is necessary to take into consideration that some sorts of wood become darker after covering with lacquer or the wood can fade in time and the drawing will change after finishing the work.

Marquetry got the violent growth in Europe in Renaissance. In XVI century the furniture masters used about 100 sorts of wood both exotic and such wide-spread as lemon, pear, apple, maple, nut. Richness of color and texture of material allowed creating complicated compositions with expressing light and shade and the smallest details were painted using the engraving.

Later marquetry was enriched with using etching and undercolor of wood and also with burning and engraving that significantly widened the art possibilities. The outstanding masters created in this technique not only ornamental drawings but also landscapes, subject compositions.

In our days the ancient art of marquetry experiences the new round of popularity. This technique is used for decorating furniture, wall panels, independent decorative pictures, and also any other wood elements of decorating interior. Furniture with marquetry today is the sign of good taste and material prosperity.