There is an office panelled with marquetry more reminiscent of tsarist palaces than passenger planes.
The first lot is an amaranth and marquetry box whose top is inlaid with a map of the British Isles.
Most antique furniture can suffer as a result of extremes in temperature, especially painted and lacquered examples and those inlaid with marquetry , brass or ivory decoration.
Sicilian marquetry furniture is immediately recognizable by the rosettes with eight petals, similar to the quatrefoil of Genoa and the star of Naples.
Although he did not invent the technique of lavishly veneering furniture with marquetry of exotic tortoiseshell, pewter and brass and variously coloured woods which is named after him, he was, without doubt, its greatest exponent.
The rooms are filled with magnificent writing tables with trompe l' oeil marquetry , cabinets, carpets, tapestries, porcelain and gold and silver wear.
With its ebullience of baroque form and boldly patterned marquetry made of exotic woods, mother-of-pearl and ivory, the stand includes the delightful illusion that an embroidered cloth has been flung across the top.
There are some trademark pieces - elegant-legged tables and high-quality marquetry - mixed in with contemporary designer furniture, antique shop finds and some very in-your-face art.
This luxurious piece of furniture is rectilinear, with sharply defined planes delineated by vertical and horizontal bands of ornamental marquetry .
Another piece of furniture that made its appearance in France during the eighteenth century was the bidet, which also became an elaborate confection with fine ornate marquetry decoration, worthy of the finest craftsmen.