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contre-partie

[French kawntruh-par-tee]
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noun Furniture.
  1. (in buhlwork) an inlay composed of a design in tortoise shell on a background of brass.
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Origin of contre-partie

< French: counterpart
Also called counterboulle.
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Historical Examples

  • That in which the groundwork is brass and the design inlaid is of tortoiseshell, is called counter-boule or contre-partie.

    Chats on Old Furniture

    Arthur Hayden