An ébéniste, the French word for the cabinet-maker, traditionally worked with ebony, a favored luxury wood but the ebanisteria in Sicily mutated in a set of finishing used to make less precious woods look like ebony. In the same way, marquetry was used to apply precious veneers on other woods.
The Sicilian tradition of woodworking is deeply rooted in the modernist period, when Palermo, in fact, has been one of the most significant Italian cities in the Liberty period appropriating Art Nouveau styles with a Mediterranean influence. The interior of the Italian parliament was realized by the Palermitan architect Ernesto Basile* in collaboration with the Ducrot industries, nevertheless after the Italian unity the south have suffered a geopolitical disadvantage and have been emptied of industries and workforce, similarly to colonial territories.
Images from SICILIA, a multilingual magazine by Flaccovio Editore*, printed from 1953 to 1982