What is Intarsia Wood Art
Intarsia … I saw the beautiful work and decided to know the name of this technique! This intarsia wood art! Kind inlays work on furniture and other wooden items; curly pictures or patterns of wood plates, different in texture and color, cut into the wood.
The main feature of intarsia woodworking is an array of wood products, serving as a background for a mosaic. Intarsia technique is based on the complex process and time-consuming and because it was used only for the decoration of expensive products from fine wood. With all of this surface finish, it does so meticulously to background beauty. Furniture finished with intarsia, was considered a luxury item, so to speak, an indicator of status and could only belong to the richest people.
Intarsia is inlaid wood art on wood. The recess basis of wood put wooden plate inserts which differ from the base texture and color. The concepts of “intarsia” and “inlay” often are used as synonyms in the conversation about the mosaic on wood.
In the process of manufacturing of intarsia wood art using the technique of intarsia individual wooden plates, forming a pattern, close-fit at the edges, glued together and invested in an array decorates a subject in which pre-selected cutting tool recess equaling the thickness of the entire set. The plates on the front side smoothed and polished very carefully and the lower part of the left rough to improve adhesion to the substrate.
History of Intarsia Wood Art
The art of creating paintings from the tree has a long history. For the first time, such intarsia wood art products have appeared in ancient Egypt. Since the Nile Valley is not rich woods, all fine wood was imported from afar (Ethiopia). Therefore, wooden products were luxury items, wood with a beautiful texture and unusual color was used for inlay wood products along with ivory, precious metals, and stones. Masters of Ancient Greece and Rome were added to the art of intarsia – the creation of artworks made of wood : to change the color of the wood, it was treated with oil, alum, boiled in the paint. Products from a tree, made of cypress (a tree) and cedar (cedar wood), decorated with sophisticated ornaments. However, intarsia reached its peak in the Renaissance (REF: is a period in Europe, from the 14th to the 17th century – via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance).
At the same time, ornamental compositions have become complex, multicolored, there were images of city streets, historical and everyday scenes. The scene sets began to use techniques such as engraving, etching and burning, wood carving and often, mosaic kits used for artistic expression.
Intarsia Wood Art Now Back in Fashion
Today, after nearly a century of practical use of synthetic materials, wood art again at the height of fashion. Wood can become a real luxury if you decorate it with intarsia wood art. Like a century ago, intarsia today – a laborious manual work. When creating intarsia individual wooden plates that make up the pattern fit at the edges, glued, and invest in an array adorn the subject.
The possibilities are almost limitless for intarsia art: decorated wood product may be a small souvenir – a wall panel, box, frame mirror; using intarsia can decorate furniture – tables, wardrobes, chests. Finally, intarsia can turn into works of art household items, such as wooden doors. The main difference from other types of intarsia decoration is that each piece is completely unique. Even if you use the same sketch, outwardly products will vary significantly due to the texture and pattern of the wood.