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  • Place of origin:


  • Date:

    1800-1810 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, veneered in straw marquetry

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Corey

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Straw marquetry was known as early as the 17th century, but it was most popular in the period 1780–1830 in France and Britain. The straw was split and flattened, then glued into place on thin paper on which the design had been drawn. This was then glued to a wooden carcase, which was usually covered first with a thicker paper. The maker could divide the straw into two, four or more strips, depending on the fineness needed for the design. Colour could be added to the surface with various varnishes, which also enhanced the glossy appearance of the marquetry. Straw marquetry was most suitable for small objects such as tea chests or work boxes but occasionally larger pieces of furniture were decorated in this way. Because straw work is very fragile, it is rare for pieces to survive in good condition.

Physical description

Work-box decorated with coloured straw marquetry containing three compartments, two of which have lids, and two drawers below. The exterior top, sides and back are decorated with architectural landscapes in borders of cheques, and the front with an oak-leaf design. The drawers have handles of turned bone.

Place of Origin



1800-1810 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, veneered in straw marquetry


Height: 4 3/4 in, Width: 13 in, Depth: 8 3/4 in

Object history note

Original file says 'Made in England by French prisoners of Warm about 1800.

Descriptive line

workbox, veneered in straw marquetry, English, 1800-1810


Straw; Wood; Material


Straw marquetry; Technique


Straw Marquetry


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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