[ French kawntruh-par-tee ]

  1. (in buhlwork) an inlay composed of a design in tortoise shell on a background of brass.

Origin of contre-partie

<French: counterpart
  • Also called counterboulle.

Words Nearby contre-partie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use contre-partie in a sentence

  • 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