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.
Mother of pearl was often used with tortoiseshell, both materials benefitting from restoration as can be seen in this photograph.
A profusely inlaid hardwood Indonesian chair, from which some of the engraved mother of pearl inlay was missing.
The mother of pearl veneered card boxes first lost their pearl and then fell to pieces!
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.
And here is the chest restored.
Bone caskets of this form are usually from Russia and combine plain and engraved bone with fretted panels.
Both these snuffs, a dog and a monkey, were in need of some dental work - new bone implants were made and fitted.