Mother-of-pearl - (Material Decoration Shell)

Mother-of-pearl  - (Material, Decoration, Shell) A substance forming the inner layer of some shells. It was probably first used in the East as a decorative inlay. It became popular in Restoration England (1660-1688) for the ornament of furniture when it was used in conjunction with bone and ivory. In the second half of the eighteenth century, it was used freely on boxes and tea-caddies and in the nineteenth century on trays and papier-mâché furniture. It was also used in English Boulle work.

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