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ID: 300012221
Page Link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/aat/300012221

 

Record Type: concept
mahogany (wood) (hardwood, <wood by composition or origin>, ... Materials (hierarchy name))

 

Note: Refers to the wood of trees of the genus Swietenia, found in tropical climates, primarily in Mexico, Cuba, Central America, and the West Indies. It varies in color from yellow to a rich red brown, and is valued in furniture-making and sculpture-carving because it is hard, fine-grained, and takes a high polish. Mahogany has a fine, straight grain that takes a high polish. It is dimensionally stable and does not shrink, warp, or swell. The durable, dark reddish-brown wood was imported to Europe in the 18th century where it became popular for furniture, paneling and veneer. Ammonia brings out a rich, red color in mahogany wood. Mahogany is frequently attacked by pinhole borer beetles. Many woods of similar colors have also been called mahoganies, but usually do not have rich color or fine cutting characteristics of the true mahogany wood. However, the related African genus Khaya produces a similar wood. Mahogany was used by Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and the Adam brothers for high quality furniture.
 
Terms:
mahogany (wood) (preferred,C,U,LC,English-P,D,U,N)
mahoniehout (C,U,Dutch-P,D,U,U)
swieteriahout (C,U,Dutch,UF,U,U)
swietenia (wood) (C,U,English,UF,U,U)
swietenia (madera) (Spanish,UF,U,U)
acajou (bois) (C,U,French-P,D,U,N)
caoba (madera) (C,U,Spanish-P,D,U,U)
caoba americana (madera) (C,U,Spanish,AD,U,U)

Facet/Hierarchy Code:  M.MT

Hierarchical Position:

Hierarchy of Materials Facet
Materials Facet
Hierarchy of Materials (hierarchy name)
.... Materials (hierarchy name) (G)
Hierarchy of materials (substances)
........ materials (substances) (G)
Hierarchy of <materials by origin>
............ <materials by origin> (G)
Hierarchy of biological material
................ biological material (G)
Hierarchy of plant material
.................... plant material (G)
Hierarchy of <wood and wood by product>
........................ <wood and wood by product> (G)
Hierarchy of wood (plant material)
............................ wood (plant material) (G)
Hierarchy of <wood by composition or origin>
................................ <wood by composition or origin> (G)
Hierarchy of hardwood
.................................... hardwood (G)
Hierarchy of mahogany (wood)
........................................ mahogany (wood) (G)

Additional Notes:
Dutch ..... Verwijst naar het hout van de Swietenia Mahagoni (N.O. Cedrelaceæ), een boom die groeit in tropische klimaten, voornamelijk in Mexico, Cuba, Midden-Amerika, West-Indië en Afrika. De kleur varieert van geel tot een volle roodbruine kleur en het is vooral geschikt voor het vervaardigen van meubels en beelden, omdat het hard en fijnkorrelig is en snel glanst. 
Spanish ..... Se refiere a la madera del Swietenia, árbol que se encuentra en climas tropicales, fundamentalmente México, Cuba, América Central, y Antillas. Varía de color de amarillo a un intenso marrón rojizo, y es muy apreciado para muebles y esculturas en madera por su grano duro y fino. Alcanza un excelente pulido. 

Related concepts:
derived/made from ....  Swietenia (genus)
................................  (Meliaceae (family), Sapindales (order), ... Living Organisms (hierarchy name)) [300375016]

Sources and Contributors:
acajou (bois)............  [CHIN / RCIP Preferred, VP]
..........................  CHIN database (1988-)
caoba (madera)............  [CDBP-SNPC Preferred, VP]
.............................  Feduchi, Historia del Mueble (1986) 628
caoba americana (madera)............  [CDBP-SNPC, VP]
.........................................  Rodríguez Bernis, Diccionario de Mobiliario (2006) 93
mahogany (wood)............  [GCI Preferred, VP Preferred]
.............................  AATA database (2002-) 125844 checked 26 January 2012
.............................  Brady and Clauser, Materials Handbook (1977) 468
.............................  CDMARC Subjects: LCSH (1988-)
.............................  Mayer, Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques (1981) 621
.............................  Montgomery, American furniture: Federal Period (1966) 37
.............................  Museum Prototype Project, Medium of Objects Frequency Report (1985)
.............................  National Museum of American Art, Media Thesaurus (1980s)
.............................  Oxford English Dictionary (1989)
.............................  RILA, Subject Headings (1975-1990)
mahoniehout............  [RKD, AAT-Ned Preferred, VP]
.......................  AAT-Ned (1994-)
.......................  Wiselius, Houtvademecum (1990)
swietenia (wood)............  [CDBP-SNPC, VP]
.............................  Enciclopedia Universal Ilustrada Europeo-Americana (1925) 11:393
.............................  Fleming y Honour, Diccionario de Artes Decorativas (1987) 152
swieteriahout............  [RKD, AAT-Ned, VP]
..........................  AAT-Ned (1994-)
..........................  Wiselius, Houtvademecum (1990)
 
Subject: .....  [CDBP-SNPC, CHIN / RCIP, GCI, RKD, AAT-Ned, VP]
............  AATA database (2002-) 125844 checked 26 January 2012
............  CHIN database (1988-)
............  Wiselius, Houtvademecum (1990)
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
.......... Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-)
.......... MFA Conservation and Art Material Encyclopedia Online: CAMEO (2005-)
.......... Oxford English Dictionary Online (2002-)
Dutch .......... [RKD, AAT-Ned, VP]
.......... AAT-Ned (1994-)
.......... Wiselius, Houtvademecum (1990)
Spanish .......... [CDBP-SNPC, VP]
.......... TAA database (2000-)

 

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