A dark violet-brown hardwood from a Brazilian tree, Dalbergia cearensis. The rare and expensive wood is figured with golden markings. Kingwood has a fine texture and polishes to a high gloss. It is used for veneer and inlaying and was popular among French cabinetmakers.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Dalbergia cearensis; bois de violette (Fr.); violeta (Port.)
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
- George Savage, Art and Antique Restorer's Handbook, Rockliff Publishing Corp, London, 1954