première partie

[pri-meer pahr-tee, -myair; French pruh-myer par-tee]
noun Furniture.
  1. (in buhl) the primary inlay formed, in which the tortoise shell forms the ground for a design cut in brass.
Compare contre-partie.

Origin of première partie

< French: literally, the first part
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