ENGLISH ART DECO FAUX TORTOISESHELL & SILVER PIQUE TRAY

Unattributed
England, 1920


11 5/8" wide; 8" long
12.0 ozs. gross

Faux tortoiseshell inlaid with silver piqué and surrounded by serpentine silver border.

Impressed for 925 silver/ London/ 1920.

Piqué work is a technique said to have originated in Naples beginning with the jeweler Laurentini in mid-17th century. Developed in subsequent years, it became popular and reached a height in late 17th century France where it was known as "piqué d’or." The technique was brought to England with the Huguenots and in the beginning of the next century was spread throughout Europe. It consists of inlaying the tortoiseshell with thin pieces of gold or silver, and it can be of two types: piqué posé and piqué clouté or point. The first consists of cut designs inlaid in the shell while the latter is small pins inlaid in order to create patterns and delicate decorative motifs.

$1,900 - Inv. #407