Historically graining was done to mimic woods that were not cost effective back in 13th century England and at its height in the 18th century. Therefore ribbon mahogany, oak, maple and rosewood were “reproduced” often loosely and beautifully interpreted; in some instances called “Fantasy” graining.
The spirited piece owned by one of our clients (the antique sewing cabinet seen below) is a wonderful example of how playing with graining can add “texture” to form and space that otherwise may need a good infusion of interest. The scale and quality of mark making are varied on this piece to add continuous interest to the eye. Playing with more energetic color and stenciling (think monograming) presents a potential unique and custom piece for the client. Again, the fun additive possibilities of mark-making, color and scale are endless and can be quite enjoyable to live with for a long time to come.
With Warm Regards, Allegra + Peter- Two Itinerant Artisans
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