Tortoiseshell

Tortoiseshell is a naturally occurring material produced from the shells of large tortoises and turtles, which has a beautiful mottled appearance when crafted. It is one of the materials used in the distinctive Boulle marquetry technique.

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Style
  1. Boulle 12
  2. Louis XIV 4
  3. Louis XV 4
  4. Napoleon III 4
  5. Baroque 2
  6. Rococo 2
  7. Birds / Ornithology 1
  8. Classical 1
  9. Floral 1
  10. Japanese Interest 1
  11. Militaria / Military 1
  12. Neoclassical 1
  13. Renaissance 1
  14. Shibayama 1
  15. Victorian 1
Material
  1. Tortoiseshell 17
  2. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 15
  3. Brass 11
  4. Ebonised Wood 10
  5. Glass 4
  6. Marble 4
  7. Enamel 3
  8. Wood 3
  9. Pewter 2
  10. Hardstone 1
  11. Ivory 1
  12. Marquetry 1
  13. Mother-of-Pearl 1
  14. Pietra Dura 1
Colour
  1. Gold 15
  2. Black 12
  3. Red 9
  4. Brown 5
  5. Multi-coloured 4
  6. White 3
  7. Cream 2
  8. Silver 2
  9. Yellow 2
  10. Clear 1
  11. Metallic 1
Country Of Origin
  1. French 15
  2. English 1
  3. Japanese 1
Period
  1. 19th Century 12
  2. Late 19th Century 4
  3. 18th Century and Earlier 1
Artist / Maker
  1. Boulle, André-Charles (French, 1642-1732) 3
  2. Brezagez, Pierre (French, fl. 1727-1748) 1
  3. Druce & Co (English, fl. 19th Century) 1
  4. Gleizes (French, active 19th Century) 1
  5. Gros, Jean-Louis-Benjamin (French, fl. 19th Century) 1
  6. Marchand, Nicolas Jean (French, active from 1738) 1
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