Kingwood

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Description

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.)

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Authority

  • 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

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