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 11
  2. Louis XV 5
  3. Louis XIV 4
  4. Napoleon III 4
  5. Rococo 2
  6. Animal / Animalier 1
  7. Baroque 1
  8. Classical 1
  9. Militaria / Military 1
  10. Victorian 1
Material
  1. Tortoiseshell 15
  2. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 13
  3. Brass 10
  4. Ebonised Wood 9
  5. Marble 4
  6. Enamel 3
  7. Glass 3
  8. Marquetry 3
  9. Wood 2
  10. Patinated Bronze 1
Colour
  1. Gold 14
  2. Black 10
  3. Red 9
  4. Brown 6
  5. White 3
  6. Clear 1
  7. Cream 1
  8. Multi-coloured 1
  9. Silver 1
  10. Yellow 1
Country Of Origin
  1. French 14
  2. English 1
Period
  1. 19th Century 10
  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. Coustou, Guillaume (French, 1677-1746) 1
  4. Druce & Co (English, fl. 19th Century) 1
  5. Gleizes (French, active 19th Century) 1
  6. Gros, Jean-Louis-Benjamin (French, fl. 19th Century) 1
  7. Marchand, Nicolas Jean (French, active from 1738) 1