Lacquer finish offers tremendous design flexibility with furniture in terms of being able to match existing colors with new pieces brought into an interior. This was a restoration project we just completed of a Romanesque English chest. The carving includes eight round design patterns chiseled into the front. Oak, walnut and “riven timber” were the chief woods used during the Romanesque period. The carving is called “chip carving” in which chips of wood are chiseled to create patterns, in this case a circular shape called a roundel. This carving was an important component of artistic expression during the Romanesque period and varied from simple geometric patterns to more intricate designs on columns, thrones and beds.