Furniture woods........... Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary


Rosewood is hard and dark, with some little curl, intermediate in this respect between Spanish and Honduras mahogany, and of a very open grain.

Most articles of rosewood furniture are veneered, but the best are of solid wood.

The color, which consists of large elongated dark zones on a reddish-brown ground, is permanent, unless it be much exposed to the direct rays of the sun ; and it takes a fine polish, which is improved by slight waxing, or, better, by the French polish, which brings out the color of the wood admirably.

Photos below are not necessarily accurate to scale or color

Bare wood.

Bare wood.

Unfinished / polished
Hofmobiliendepot Imperial Furniture Collection,Vienna, Austria. On display in 2005.

See also: laminated ..... veneered ..... inlay ..... marquetry

Special thanks to Arthur Werner for his assistance.
Examples of his craftsmanship can be seen at
Church of the Advent - Carvings and Needlepoint and at Altar - St. John's Grace Episcopal Church

Photos and their arrangement © 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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