Today, we have lost the painting techniques on horn from the 1900s.

In China, the exact composition of natural adhesives used to fix the tiny kingfisher feathers on silver is probably lost too.

The skills and tools for horn, shell and ivory are slowly disappearing as well as the artisans themselves. Very few young people are taking up the challenge of learning such a meticulous trade.

So, these ornaments are lessons in themselves, evidence of expertise that demand admiration.

Looking at them, we find, for example, an inlay in the style of Boulle, or a lacquered piece from the period of the Floating Worlds.

But, while visiting this virtual museum, you will find all the techniques of jewellersplique à jour, repousséenamelfiligreedamascenebasket work, low relief carving, pierced openwork...

Painted horn, Art Nouveau. France
Kingfisher feathers inlaid. China
Marquetry, Boulle style. Europe, 19th c.
Gold lacquered wood. Japan, Late Edo era.
Plique à jour, silver. Norway, 1981
Repoussé metal. Russia, early 20th c.
Enamelled silver. China, early 20th c.
Silver filigree. USA, 1800-1820
Damascene. Spain, 1920-50
Basket work. Salomon Island. Mid. 20th c.
Chased silver. USA 1850
Carved wood. Ghana 1950