Marquetry Restoration & Parquetry Restoration

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Antique Marquetry Restoration & Parquetry Restoration

At BAFRA, we provide access to antique marquetry restorers and parquetry restorers. Every member has been rigorously assessed and vetted. Our members all have established businesses that are fully accredited and work to the highest standards and ethics.

Marquetry Restorers & Parquetry Restorers at BAFRA

Marquetry and parquetry restoration is a craft that involves the repair and preservation of intricate woodwork designs found in furniture, flooring, and decorative objects. Marquetry refers to the art of inlaying small pieces of wood, metal, or other materials to create decorative patterns, while parquetry involves the arrangement of geometric wood pieces to form elaborate designs. Over time, these delicate creations can become damaged due to wear, tear, or neglect.

BAFRA restoration specialists begin by carefully assessing the extent of the damage and identifying any missing or loose pieces. They then employ a variety of techniques to repair and replace damaged elements while preserving the integrity of the original design. This may involve sourcing matching wood materials, painstakingly cutting and shaping pieces to fit seamlessly into place, and skillfully blending colours and finishes to match the surrounding areas.

Attention to detail is paramount in marquetry and parquetry restoration, as even the smallest imperfection can detract from the overall beauty of the piece. Specialised tools and techniques, such as hot sand shading and French polishing, are often employed to achieve the desired results. By reviving these intricate works of art, our restoration experts not only breathe new life into cherished heirlooms but also ensure that these exquisite examples of craftsmanship endure for generations to come.


Marquetry & Parquetry Restoration FAQs

What is marquetry?

Marquetry is the art of applying pieces of veneer to furniture to form decorative designs and pictures. The pieces are cut and put together to form a surface image. The designs used in Marquetry can be quite complex, such as figures or floral pictures. Because of the intricate detail of marquetry, it is most often used in smaller pieces or as a focal point within a larger decorative design. The range of woods and veneers used in marquetry can also be varied and consist mostly of wood, including Tulipwood, Satinwood, Mahogany and stained natural woods, but may also include other materials such as ivory, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, pewter, brass and even fine metals, all of which are used to form the final design.

What types of furniture might require marquetry restoration?

The technique of marquetry may be applied to many different types of furniture, including:

  • Case furniture - such as cabinets, chests, bureaus and bookcases.
  • Seat furniture - including armchairs, side chairs, and marquetry chairs.
  • Desks and tables - including dining tables, coffee tables, side tables, writing desks, and other types of desks.
  • Other furniture - such as longcase clocks and grandfather clocks.

Cabinetmakers use contrasting wood to enhance marquetry and parquetry patterns. The different tones, grains and colours of wood allow them to create unique designs within the furniture. These are just a few examples, but marquetry can be found on a wide range of furniture pieces, each requiring specialised restoration techniques to preserve their beauty and integrity.

What is parquetry?

Parquetry is a geometric mosaic of wood pieces used for decorative effects in furniture. Parquet patterns are often squares, triangles and lozenges but sometimes contain curves. The most popular parquetry pattern is usually a herringbone pattern. Timber contrasting in colour and grain, such as oak, walnut, cherry, lime, pine and maple are sometimes employed. Richly coloured mahogany and sometimes other tropical hardwoods are also used. The different colours, tones and grains of wood add to the overall parquetry effect. It was a popular technique used throughout the 18th century, particularly for table tops.

What is the difference between marquetry & parquetry?

The two techniques are often confused because they are very similar. Marquetry and parquetry are both techniques used to create ornamental designs in wood. The main difference is what is depicted in these decorative designs. Marquetry is used to create pictures, whilst parquetry is used to create patterns. Another difference relates to the fact that marquetry is the addition of veneers to a base surface, whereas parquetry is the creation of a design made using wood.

How do I know if my marquetry or parquetry piece needs restoration?

You should consider restoration if your marquetry or parquetry piece displays visible damage like cracks, chips, or missing pieces. Discolouration or wear on the intricate patterns also signals a need for attention. If the piece's overall appearance has deteriorated, it may be time to consult a restoration specialist. Assessing the condition of your item regularly and seeking professional advice when you notice signs of damage can help preserve its beauty and integrity for years to come.

Can all types of damage be repaired?

While BAFRA restoration specialists can address many types of damage, the feasibility of repairs depends on various factors such as the condition of the piece and the availability of matching materials. Some damage, such as minor cracks or chips, can often be repaired effectively. However, extensive structural damage or irreparable loss of original elements may limit the restoration options. Consulting with a BAFRA-accredited restoration specialist is essential to assess the extent of damage and determine the feasibility of repairs for your specific marquetry or parquetry piece.

Why choose a BAFRA-accredited member for antique marquetry restoration and parquetry restoration?

The importance of having antique marquetry and parquetry restored or repaired by a BAFRA-accredited qualified craftsman cannot be stressed enough. Marquetry and parquetry restoration require specialised knowledge and techniques due to the intricate nature of these decorative arts. BAFRA-accredited members have the expertise to assess the condition of your antique furniture accurately and execute precise restoration work that respects the original craftsmanship. BAFRA members have in-depth knowledge based on more than 20 years of experience restoring, repairing and conserving antique marquetry and parquetry.

Find BAFRA-Accredited Antique Marquetry Restorers & Parquetry Restorers

All accredited, full members are required to have at least five years as a conservation-restoration professional (the average member today has 23 years of experience) and pass an exacting assessment on their skills, knowledge and business credentials. Our members acknowledge the importance of continuous professional development to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments in the craft of marquetry restoration and parquetry restoration.

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Every BAFRA member is an expert in their field and is actively involved in Continual Professional Development (CPD) to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments.


Every one of our members are required to have a minimum of 5 years' professional experience, although the average is well over 20 years' experience.


Honesty and authenticity are our key principles, and we ensure that all members are fully vetted and must hold appropriate insurance. We also offer a comprehensive complaints mediation service.

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