"chiffoniers and little stands in buhl and marquetterie, loaded with figures in Dresden China"
Public DomainChiffonier - Credit: Jorge Barrios

A chiffonier is a piece of furniture, smaller than a sideboard, enclosed in the front.  The name is derived from the French word for rag-picker, suggesting that it was originally intended as a receptacle for odds and ends which had no particular place.  The earliest chiffoniers date from the Empire period in England (early 19th Century). They were usually made of rosewood, with brass handles and claw feet. 


An example of marqueterie
Creative Commons AttributionAn example of marqueterie - Credit: Stychokiller

Marqueterie is the art of applying pieces of veneer to a surface, such as an item of furniture, to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. The word derives from a Middle French word meaning ‘inlaid work’.  Buhl refers to a type of marqueterie using inlays of brass or tortoiseshell, found mainly on French furniture of the 17th century.