- This Italian music box is handcrafted of inlaid wood, utilizing the ancient technique of marquetry - the art of creating decorative designs and pictures using wood grains, veneers, shells or ivory. Examples of marquetry in furniture and art works are represented in the extensive collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum.
- Crafted of inlaid wood using elm and other fruit woods
- Interior of the box is lined with velvet and encloses an 18 note musical movement
- Plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' (1787)
- 5 inches x 4.5 inches x 2.5 inches
- Handmade in Sorrento, Italy
- Item #: 17/rose elm
The term marquetry is coined from the French term marqueter, meaning "to inlay." It involves cutting, fitting and gluing pieces of wood veneers and other materials into a single sheet and then gluing the sheet onto a substrate. Craftsmen begin to piece together materials and shapes into more complex images as the art developed in the 16th century, and marquetry expanded during the 16th to the 18th century throughout Europe with exquisite work being produced in decorating furniture, especially for royalty.