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Ciselé

Ciselé (French). A style of decoration of metal that embraces both engraving and chasing done on the same article, although it has been said that it was done with a non-cutting tool called a ciselet (a chisel).

The outstanding exponent of such work was a Frenchman, Gérard Débèche, during the early Louis XV period; but the names of many noted later French ciseleurs are recorded, e.g. Jules Chaise (1807-70) and Honoré-Séverin Bourdoncle (1823-93).

From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson

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