Art Deco furniture, intended mainly for selected wealthy buyers, often resembled a casket made of a valuable, rare material, which making was an achievement of furniture art deriving from the best traditions of eighteenth century French Ebenistes. During this time, the richness of patterns and decorations were used which were available thanks to obtaining new, numerous kinds of wood from overseas. The most frequently used were ebony from Sulawesi, Brazilian rosewood, mahogany, amaranth, sycamore and various sets of these veneers with solid ash or maple. A specific contrast between the compact structure of some and the uneven surface of others enables an infinite number of combinations.
Fig. 1.50 Dresser from the Art Nouveau period