Mother of Pearl and Bone #01

Mother of Pearl and Bone Restoration



The colours held within 19th century mother of pearl are a joyous mixture of pinks, purples, blues, greens and yellows. Unfortunately, all too often the small diamond shapes of mother of pearl fall off ......





..... as can be seen in this example.


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Mother of Pearl and Bone #03

Mother of pearl was often used with tortoiseshell, both materials benefitting from restoration as can be seen in this photograph.



Mother of Pearl and Bone #04

A profusely inlaid hardwood Indonesian chair, from which some of the engraved mother of pearl inlay was missing.



Mother of Pearl and Bone #05
The mother of pearl veneered card boxes first lost their pearl and then fell to pieces!



Bone Restoration


We often find that ivory and bone was used interchangeably, sometimes on the same piece. On previous pages you will have seen the use of bone inlay. In this cabinet the inlay is bone, contrasted against an ebony veneer, also at fault.

Mother of Pearl and Bone #06



And here is the chest restored.

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Mother of Pearl and Bone #08
Bone caskets of this form are usually from Russia and combine plain and engraved bone with fretted panels.



Mother of Pearl and Bone #09

Both these snuffs, a dog and a monkey, were in need of some dental work - new bone implants were made and fitted.






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