- (in buhlwork) an inlay composed of a design in tortoise shell on a background of brass.
Compare première partie.
Origin of contre-partie
< French: counterpart
Also called counterboulle.
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Examples from the Web for contre-partie
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