Trompe L'Oeil by Rosanna Bankes
I've always found the artistic technique of trompe l'oeil (derived from French, meaning trick of the eye) absolutely fascinating. It's age-old and I was really only familiar with examples painted as murals, depicting landscapes or decorative features, but Rosanna Bankes paints modern examples on whatever surface she's commissioned to paint on. Already an impressive artist, Rosanna honed her skills as an apprentice under pioneering French master Yannick Guegan.
Above (and here) are examples of her meticulous work, all painted on a table top, except for the key painted on what looks like a cherrywood staircase, which has also been created by her hand.