One floor of the Swiss National Museum is dedicated to furnishings including furniture, entire rooms and the contents there of. The is one exhibit that displays decorative woodworking techniques including marquetry and intarsia.
The illustration looked familiar and it turns out I knew it.
It is a plate from André Jacob Roubo’s L’Art du Menuisier (The Art of the Joiner). Those of us who are even vaguely aware of Chris Schwarz and Lost Art Press know that Roubo was an 18th century carpenter and cabinet maker. His book, L’Art du Menuisier (The Art of the Joiner), is an object of veneration to many woodworkers and scholars. LAP has issued a translation of the section on marquetry, veneer work, wood selection, finishing and some casework, To Make as Perfectly as Possible. They have also issued The Book of Plates containing every single illustration from all of the volumes.
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At the other end of the case there’s more:
To be fair, they also included a non-Roubo plate:
While we are on things close to Herr Schwarz’s heart, I offer these images with no explanation. Also in the museum.
OK, a little explanation: