MARQUETRY JEWELLERY BOX

PAUL MINEUR, MARQUETRY JEWELLERY BOX, 2001

MYRTLE BURL VENEER, MDF, BLACKWOOD, JARRAH, SASSAFRAS, COACHWOOD, MUSK BURL
70(H) x 1600(D) x 200(L) mm

THE WORK

Marquetry describes a variegated, or patterned, surface formed from inlaid timbers. The technique demonstrates consummate skill on the part of the practitioner and Paul’s Marquetry Jewellery Box is a brilliant modern example. A base of solid Myrtle and sides of Myrtle veneer are the basic elements in the construction of the box. The lid is the main decorative focus. A quintessentially Australian scene of eucalypt leaves and a butterfly has been constructed from inlaid Musk, Myrtle and Coachwood on a Sassafras background. The colours and burl patterns of the timbers have been carefully selected for contrast and decorative effect. For Paul, box making was originally a means of creating something practical with experimental marquetry designs. Their popularity has meant that their production can no longer be done for “fun”, or when Paul has “nothing much on at the moment”.

THE DESIGNER

Paul began his cabinet making apprenticeship with ASG Design in 1989. From the beginning he was “thrown in at the deep end” and was making one off contemporary furniture in his first year. In 1992 he was awarded Furniture Apprentice of the Year. He established his own workshop in North Hobart in 1995 where he makes limited production runs of his own and others’ designs. His work includes furniture and domestic ware, guitars and musical instruments and repair and conservation work. Paul undertakes private commissions for special pieces and in 2004 he was retained to design and construct two matching marquetry boxes as wedding gifts for Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark.

Born: 1968

Training: Apprenticeship in Cabinet Making, ASG Design, 1994