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Tortoiseshell

Tortoiseshell

Works of Art (20)

Archlute, 1725, David Tecchler (German, active Rome), Italy (Rome), Spruce, ebony, ivory, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, various other materials (1988.87)
Armoire, ca. 1710, Attributed to André-Charles Boulle (French), Tortoiseshell, engraved brass, and ebony on oak; gilt-bronze (59.108)
Breastplate (Tema, Tambe, or Tepatu), late 19th–early 20th century, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands, Tridacna shell, turtle shell, trade cloth, fiber (1979.206.1519)
Chest, Joseon dynasty, 19th century, Korea, Lacquered wood with mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, sharkskin, and brass-wire inlay, and brass fittings (63.121.1a,b)
Clock with pedestal (Pendule sur gaine), ca. 1690, Movement by Jacques III Thuret (French) or more likely his father, Isaac II Thuret (French); case by André-Charles Boulle (French) after designs supplied by Jean Berain (French), Case: oak, with brass and engraved pewter inlay on a tortoiseshell ground, and gilt-bronze mounts; dial: gilt brass with enamel numerals; movement: brass and steel (58.53)
Clothing box with peony scrolls, Joseon dynasty, 16th–17th century, Korea, Lacquer with mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell inlay(L.1996.47.131)
Commode, ca. 1710–20, André-Charles Boulle (French), Walnut veneered with ebony and marquetry of engraved brass and tortoiseshell, gilt-bronze mounts, verd antique marble top (1982.60.82)
Cosmetic box, Joseon dynasty, 18th century, Korea, Lacquer with mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell inlay (L.1996.47.132)
Division Viol, ca. 1720, School of Joachim Tielke (German), Wood, ivory, tortoise shell (89.4.956)
Guitar, 1697, Jean-Baptiste Voboam (French), Paris, Wood, tortoiseshell (1989.147)
Incense container, Goryeo dynasty, 10th–12th century, Korea, Lacquer with mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell inlay (over pigment) and brass wires (25.215.41a,b)
Inrô with design of sea foam, 19th century, Shibata Zeshin (Japanese), after a design by Ogata Kôrin (Japanese), Gold lacquer, pewter inlay (36.100.249)
Koto with Case, early 17th century; fabric koto wrap, 18th and 19th century, Goto Teijo, Ninth Generation Goto Master (Japanese), Japan, Various woods, ivory and tortoiseshell inlay, gold and silver inlays, metalwork (2007.194a–f)
Lira, ca. 1890, Greece, Wood, tortoiseshell, ivory (2003.378)
Mantel Clock (Telleruhr), ca. 1710, Movement by Franz Xaver Gegenreiner (German); Repoussé silver by Johann Andreas Thelot (German), Case: tortoiseshell veneer and silver, partly gilt; Dial: champlevé silver with black numerals; Movement: brass and steel (46.162)
Mirror, ca. 1710, Johann Valentin Gevers (German), silversmith; Johann Andreas Thelot (German), silversmith, Germany (Augsburg), Oak and pine veneered with tortoiseshell, silver, gilt silver, and green-stained ivory; mirror glass (1989.20)
Netsuke: Goose and swallow, 19th century, Japanese, Ivory, metal alloy, mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell (10.211.1276)
Parure: Tiara, Brooch, and Necklace, mid-19th century, Luigi Saulini (Italian), Rome, Onyx; all mounted in gold (40.20.55a–c)
Table, 1653–60, Attributed to Pierre Gole (Dutch, active in France), Tortoiseshell, ivory, ebony, and other woods on oak and fruitwood; gilt-bronze (1986.38.1)
Writing desk (bureau brisé), ca. 1685, Alexandre-Jean Oppenordt (Dutch, active France), maker; Jean Berain (French), engraver, France (Paris), Oak, pine, and walnut veneered with ebony, rosewood, and marquetry of engraved brass on tortoiseshell; gilt bronze, steel (1986.365.3)