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Intarsia Panel - Castle Interior

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T6391.2
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1800 - 1858

Maker Information

Maker:Luigi Ravelli - View biography for Luigi Ravelli


The technique of using inlaid marquetry to create a perspective picture in wood is known as intarsia. This panel is the work of the Italian craftsman, Luigi Ravelli (1776-1858). Considerable skill was needed to select the appropriate grain and figure from the many different veneers used to create these works, in order to achieve the subtle variations of texture in the finished picture. Ravelli has also used controlled burning to produce the effect of shade. This was done by scorching areas of veneer in a tray of hot silver sand.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Marquetry. Various wood types.
Place of Origin:Vercelli - possibly, Italy


Height:59.5 cm
Width:39 cm
Depth:2.2 cm