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  • Place of origin:


  • Date:

    1790-1810 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    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 both France and England. 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 the 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 by dyeing the straw before it was split and worked. 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

Picture, in coloured straw work, represeting the mouth of a river with a ship and buildings on one side, a tower and tent on the other, and two figures in the foreground. Displayed in a black and gold frame.

Place of Origin



1790-1810 (made)

Materials and Techniques

veneered in straw marquetry


Width: 24.5 cm, Height: 18 cm

Descriptive line

picture, created from straw marquetry, English, 1790-1810


Straw; Material


Straw marquetry


Straw Marquetry


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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