French Marquetry Cues
Possibly the most interesting cues in the Heritage Collection
are the cues described as being 'French Marquetry cues. They are
certainly worth their own artcle to show them. The fine examples in
the collection are illustrated below.
Note these pictures are
large files to allow the full quality of the workmanship to be
appreciated and therefore they may be slow to load.
ref 317 -318 319
The above pictures show the
inlay work and colours of the inlays from different views of the
same cue.Some of the intricate veneer work can just bee seen, on
the centre picture, where the butt section and shaft of the cue are
ref 325 - 333
The cue shown in picture 325,
not only has wood inlay work but also thin brass wire round the
wood inlay as well as other shaped brass pieces, again it
has a fancy series of splices between the shaft and butt
sections. The inlay work on the cue in picture 333 is very fine
with details finishing in delicate swirls.
ref 325 - 328
We think that the more simple inlay
on the cue in picture 335 is probably ivory but it could be bone.
The work is done on a hand spliced ebony butted cue. The cue in
picture 328 has some interesting work of figures and
ref 338 -
The inlay of flowers and stem with a
mother of pearl inserted veneer on the cue in picture 338 is
particularly attractive. The figure inlayed in the cue in picture
342 seems to be of well armed soldier, sadly the colours have some
what faded and so the image has lost some of the detail that
the colours would have given it.
ref 341 - 342
The two pictures above are of the
same cue showing the two sides which have 'flats'. The cue
maker made one with a bone or ivory veneer the other with
an exotic hardwood veneer.
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