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In full "Reisner work". A method of decorative inlay using wood of different colours, associated particularly with France in the late 18th cent.; (also) articles of furniture made using this method. Frequently attributive Compare "buhl".
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Loudon (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer. From the name of Johann Heinrich Riesener, German cabinetmaker and inlay artist, who worked in France, chiefly at the court of Louis XVI.
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