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Exotic Wood Furniture

For very fine exotic wood furniture in the Regency era a number of minor woods were employed each with its own distinctive figure; amboyna, with a rich, light brown appearance, famous for its "bird's eye" figure in the curls and knots, used mainly as a veneer, to cover entire surfaces, or for decorative banding; Calamander wood from Ceylon, brown, streaked black, hard and fine grained, used as veneer and for bandings,; zebrawood from South America, brown coloured, with strikingly vivid stripes of deep brown, made use of in veneered furniture.

Carved and gilded zebrawood chair
1823, Carved and gilded zebrawood chair.

These types of exotic wood are very much associated with Regency furniture, hardly at all with other periods.

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