In early 2017, I wrote about veneered work being patched at the time of manufacture. Whilst searching my archives this morning for unrelated matter, I came across these images of a lovely walnut chest-on-chest.
Fig. 1. Magnificent walnut chest, circa 1750.
As far as I can make out, virtually every drawer front displays multiple contemporary patches (figure 2).
Fig. 2. The patches do nothing to distract from the overall beauty of the walnut veneer.