The marqueterie Spindler is an art marquetry famous worldwide and located in the old abbey of Saint-Léonard in Boersch, very close to Obernai in Alsace. It is a very old company, as it has been created in 1897 by Charles Spindler and was then transmitted from father to son. The owner is now Jean-Charles Spindler, the grandson of the founder. It has the label “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” (Living Heritage Company), a sign of recognition distinguishing excellent artisanal and industrial know-how of French companies. His realizations are also found in numerous prestigious places around the world.
Marquetry is an art technique consisting of making decors with veneers made from different types of wood, which are cut following a drawing and glued to a support (furniture or paintings). As I was told during m visit, “marquetry is working different types of wood, like a color palette”. The Marqueterie Spindler doesn’t make furniture any more, but only paintings. The motifs of their panels in art marquetry are varied: in Alsace, their traditional paintings are well-known, showing Alsatian villages; but they also make very contemporary paintings. A really impressive work for a splendid result!
It is unfortunately not possible to visit the workshop, but the Marqueterie Spindler has a gallery that you can visit freely. This gallery is a small museum in itself. Some pieces are exhibited and you can easily ask the people in charge for explanations. I really enjoyed my visit! Ask to watch the short movie about it, it is very interesting. For groups, it is also possible to book a guided tour of the small museum of the Marqueterie (I have not visited it).
- Admiring some pieces of art marquetry exhibited in the gallery
- Warm welcome and interesting explanations
- The building of the Marqueterie Spindler, a wonder in itself
I liked a little less
- The fact that the museum is not accessible for individuals (it is only possible to access the gallery)
- It is a shame that we can’t visit the workshop, but it would be too difficult for them.
Pictures of the Marqueterie d’art Spindler
Access to the gallery is free. Guided tours (for groups) cost 6€ per person.
You will find here the opening times of the gallery of the Marqueterie d’art Spindler.
Guided tours are available for groups, upon booking. You will find here all the information to book.
The address is as follows: 3 cour du Chapitre, Saint-Léonard, 67530 Boersch. Boersch is located near Obernai:
- 35 km from Strasbourg (about 35 minutes drive)
- 54 km from Colmar (about 50 minutes drive)
- 95 km from Mulhouse (about 1h10 drive)
By public transport
It is not easy, but you can have a look on Vialsace.