Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary

Ebonizing
EB a nizing

A technique which attempts to make a piece of plain timber appear to be ebony - a very precious and valuable material

The process of ebonizing is essentially that of using a stain contained in a varnish or polish.

Became popular in the 17th century French Baroque era. in the court of Louis XIV.

ébénistes: Even though they worked with other materials, 17th century French cabinetmakers were known as ébénistes, "those who work in ebony."


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