When there are only two slices of material the technical term for them is boulle and Counter.
Buhl, or boulle, is inlaid work with tortoise-shell or metals in arabesques or cartouches.
All greatness is the product of its opportunities, and the elder boulle was made by the happy circumstances of his time.
boulle was given an apartment in the Louvre and for his great master the celebrated bniste composed his choicest work.
In later boulle, called new boulle, the tortoiseshell is reddened by colour, or by gilding laid under it.
Collecting was to boulle a mania of which, says his friend, it was impossible to cure him.
The materials principally in use, however, in boulle marquetry are tortoiseshell and brass.
There are many really magnificent pieces of boulle, and several marbles brought back from Italy.
With this work the name of boulle is indissolubly associated.
Beyond this drawing-room was a splendid boudoir furnished with tables and cabinets in imitation of boulle.