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French Napoleon III Gilded Brass "Boulle" Marquetry and Tortoise Shell Inkwell
Located in LEGNY, FR
French Napoleon III gilded brass "Boulle" marquetry and tortoiseshell inkwell. Base with fauna heads. Small ink supply made in blown glasses. A "B" monogram on the facade. Has bee...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Napoleon III Inkwells

Materials

Brass

French Napoleon III "Boulle" Marquetry, Nacre and Gilded Brass Gloves Box
Located in LEGNY, FR
Very nice French Napoleon III "Boulle" marquetry, tortoiseshell, nacre and gilded brass decorative gloves box. Restored by a cabinetmaker.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Napoleon III Decorative Boxes

Materials

Brass

Italian Gilt Shell Cartouche Acanthus Mirror. Circa 1730
Located in Charleston, SC
Italian gilt carved wood wall mirror with shell cartouche, flanking decorative scrolled acanthus carvings and resting on cross hatching rectangular base. Mirror retains the original ...
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Antique 1730s Italian Neoclassical Wall Mirrors

Materials

Gold Leaf

“Bird” Sculpture in Natural Shell and Gilt Brass, 1970s
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
“Bird” sculpture figuring a stylized crane with a long S-shape neck in gilt brass. Body composed by a white pearly shell. It stands on two long legs in gilt brass and a small triangu...
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Vintage 1970s European Animal Sculptures

Materials

Brass

Pair of Gold Gilt Shell Rock Crystal Cockatoo Bird Sconces Maison Baguès
By Maison Baguès
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful vintage pair of gold gilt shell form and rock crystal cockatoo bird sconces in the manner of Maison Baguès each with three candelabra sockets that have been completely re...
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20th Century French Belle Époque Wall Lights and Sconces

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Rock Crystal

Neoclassic Gilt Tole Shell Motif Mirror
Located in Oaks, PA
Neoclassic gilt tole shell motif mirror, in the Regency style of circular form with shell and wreath surround.
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20th Century Regency Wall Mirrors

Materials

Tôle

  • Neoclassic Gilt Tole Shell Motif Mirror
  • Neoclassic Gilt Tole Shell Motif Mirror
  • Neoclassic Gilt Tole Shell Motif Mirror
  • Neoclassic Gilt Tole Shell Motif Mirror
H 45 in. W 36 in. D 2.5 in.
Large Shell Motif Gilt Sconces
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 1940s Italian gilt metal shell sconces in the shape of large shells.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

  • Large Shell Motif Gilt Sconces
  • Large Shell Motif Gilt Sconces
  • Large Shell Motif Gilt Sconces
  • Large Shell Motif Gilt Sconces
H 13.5 in. W 16.5 in. D 5.5 in.
English Iron Red and Gilt Shell Form Serving Dish After Meissen
By Coalport Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
English iron red and gilt shell form serving dish after Meissen. English chinoiserie shell form dish after Meissen. A rare coal port gilt porcelain sweetmeat plate decorated in the ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Pair Blue, White and Yellow Bird Gilt Shell Form Sweetmeat Dishes
Located in New York, NY
Pair of blue and white gilt bird dishes. Lovely pair shaped sweetmeat dishes with pale blue violet and white floral surrounds and hand painted birds with gilt rims. England, circa 18...
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Antique 19th Century English Serving Pieces

Materials

Porcelain

English Silver Gilt and Shell Casket
Located in New York, NY
Depicting a visibly agitated Jonah in the mouth of the whale. The upper half of the whale opens revealing the lower shell interior. Marked: London 1896, Maker: James Samuel Bell
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Antique 1890s English Animal Sculptures

Materials

Silver

  • English Silver Gilt and Shell Casket
  • English Silver Gilt and Shell Casket
  • English Silver Gilt and Shell Casket
  • English Silver Gilt and Shell Casket
H 9.5 in. W 8.5 in. D 4.5 in.
Gilt Carved Shell Motif Italian Mirror
Located in Stamford, CT
Gilt carved shell motif Italian mirror. Finely carved giltwood frame surrounding a clean center mirror. Rectangular in form.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

Materials

Giltwood, Mirror

  • Gilt Carved Shell Motif Italian Mirror
  • Gilt Carved Shell Motif Italian Mirror
  • Gilt Carved Shell Motif Italian Mirror
  • Gilt Carved Shell Motif Italian Mirror
H 43 in. W 28.25 in. D 1.5 in.
German Silver Gilt and Shell Covered Nautilus Cup, circa 1880
Located in New York, NY
With a figure of Neptune holding aloft a beautiful iridescent shell enclosed by three strap-work figures. The cover surmounted by three sea horses and lion finial.
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Antique 1880s Austrian Natural Specimens

Materials

Silver

19th Century French Gilt Tortoise Shell Clock with Base
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century French gilt tortoise shell clock with inlaid bronze, with base. The base is also tortoise shell with gilt bronze.
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Antique 19th Century French Other Mantel Clocks

Materials

Tortoise Shell, Giltwood

19th Century French Gilt Tortoise Shell Clock with Base
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19th century French gilt tortoise shell clock with inlaid bronze, with base. The base is also tortoise shell with gilt bronze.
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Antique 19th Century French Mantel Clocks

Materials

Tortoise Shell, Giltwood

English Georgian Tortoise Shell Sewing Box with Gilt Claw and Ball Feet, C. 1810
Located in Charleston, SC
English Georgian tortoise shell hinged sewing box with gilt floral ringed side handles, compartmentalized tufted fitted interior with lid, and resting on the original gilt claw and b...
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Antique 1810s English Georgian Decorative Boxes

Materials

Silver, Brass

English Gilt Painted Shell Form Serving Dish
Located in New York, NY
English gilt painted shell form serving dish. Lobed shell shaped sweetmeat dish/plate with gold and blue band centering on small flowers and butterflies. Underglaze blue "D" monogram...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Gilt-Bronze Conch Shell Table Lamp by Maison Charles
By Maison Charles et Fils
Located in New York, NY
Gilt-bronze conch shell lamp with a black marble base by Maison Charles Shade is 13.75” square
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20th Century French Table Lamps

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Mercury Gilt Bronze-Mounted Tortoise Shell Box
Located in Woodbury, CT
The mercury gilt bronze-mounted top surrounds an oval figured agate. The interior lined with yellow silk. Mercury gilt bronze escutcheon and scrolling feet below leaf forms. The whol...
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Antique 19th Century Unknown Rococo Decorative Boxes

Materials

Ormolu

Palladio Italian Gilt Wooden Shell Wall Lights, 1960s
By Palladio
Located in Hastings, GB
Palladio Italian shell wall lights, 1960's A pair of gilt clam shell wall sconces Metal arms with decorative metal acanthus leaf shaped details Original Palladio sticker on the ba...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Metal

French Rococo Style Red Tortoise Shell and Gilt Bronze Footed Vanity Mirror
Located in Birmingham, AL
Stunning 19th century French Rococo style red tortoise shell and gilt bronze footed vanity mirror with easel back having the original bevelled glass. This freestanding boudoir mirror...
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Antique 19th Century French Rococo Table Mirrors

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Bronze

Pair of Art Deco Beveled Console or Wall Mirrors with Engraved Gilt Shell Motif
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Art Deco beveled console or wall mirrors with gilt engraved shell motif. These one of a kind spectacular mirrors have a dozen beveled antiqued mirror glass panels under a fin...
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Late 20th Century Hollywood Regency Wall Mirrors

Derby Gilt Italian Scene Shell Form Serving Dish
By Royal Crown Derby Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
Derby gilt Italian scene shell form serving dish. Antique Derby sweetmeat plate with gorgeous gilt floral banding inside pale blue gilt border centering on painted view of the "Hermi...
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Antique Late 18th Century English Serving Pieces

Materials

Porcelain

Lovely Bronze Gilt Lamp, with a Sea Shell Design
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Lovely bronze gilt lamp for diffusion of light, with a sea shell design, 19th century. Measures: H 37cm, D 15cm.  
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Antique 19th Century French Napoleon III Table Lamps

Materials

Bronze

Ceramic Water Gilt Gold Conch Shell Decorative Planter
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ceramic Water Gilt Gold Conch Shell Decorative Planter - perfect as a stand alone decorative piece and also holds a plant, especially an orchid, to perfection.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières

Set of Four Gilt Bronze Shell Shape Sconces
Located in New York, NY
Set of four 1940's American gilt bronze shell shaped sconces with interior light. Sold per pair. Measurements: 12.25" width. 4.5" height. 6.25" depth.
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Vintage 1940s American Wall Lights and Sconces

  • Set of Four Gilt Bronze Shell Shape Sconces
  • Set of Four Gilt Bronze Shell Shape Sconces
  • Set of Four Gilt Bronze Shell Shape Sconces
  • Set of Four Gilt Bronze Shell Shape Sconces
H 4.5 in. W 12.25 in. D 6.25 in.
Los Castillo Abalone Shell and Gilt Brass Crab
By Los Castillo
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Beautiful handmade crab dish/sculpture with inlayed abalone shell and gilt brass by Los Castillo
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Vintage 1960s Mexican Platters and Serveware

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Brass

Large Gilt Wood Pier Mirror with Shell Pediment
Located in San Leandro, CA
Gilt wood Cartouche form Mirror with carved Shell Pediment. Intricately beveled mirror following the complex shape of the frame.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Wall Mirrors

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Giltwood, Glass

Antique Gilt Divided Shell Serving Dish with Handle by Moabit
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Antique Moabit divided serving bowl with handle and gilded accents. Berlin-based Moabit was founded by M. Schumann and son circa 1835 and was around until, circa 1913. Marked SPM on ...
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Antique 19th Century German Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

20th Century Italian Silver Boxes Shell-Shaped on feet with gilted interior
By Ge.Ca
Located in VALENZA, IT
Silver 800 shell box. The box is hinged and resting on three feet in the shape of seahorse. The inside of the box is golden finish Handmade gr. 1030.  
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Vintage 1980s Italian Other Decorative Boxes

Hollywood Regency Italian Mirrored and Gilt Cast Shell Form Console Table
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a Hollywood Regency Era mirrored console table. The top is intentionally distressed mirror. The gilt shell is plaster. The back of the shell is painted to look more like a na...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Console Tables

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Mirror, Plaster, Poplar

Carved Painted and Silver Gilt "X" Shell Benches w/ Platinum Velvet Upholstery
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of finely carved "X" shaped benches with a center shell on both sides of the bench. They are painted in antique cream with silver gilt details throughout. The bench stands on fo...
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20th Century French Regency Benches

Materials

Silver Leaf

20th Century Shell Chiseled and Gilt Brass Italian Object Holder Vase, 1920
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Italian object holder from the first half of the 20th century. Gilded and chiseled brass vase in the shape of a large shell of pleasant decoration. Object that can be used as a desk ...
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Early 20th Century Italian Vases

Materials

Brass

Pair of Murano Gilt and Silvered Mirrored Glass Shell Sconces, 1980s
Located in Florence, IT
Pair of Murano gilt and silvered mirrored glass shell sconces, brass support, two bulbs per sconce.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Murano Glass

French Gilt Carved Wood Floral and Shell Wall Mirror with Original Glass C. 1750
Located in Charleston, SC
French gilt carved wood and gesso floral and shell beveled wall mirror. Mirror retains the original glass and wood backing, Mid-18th century.
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Antique 1750s French Louis XV Wall Mirrors

Materials

Gesso, Glass, Mirror, Wood, Giltwood

Antique Gilt Full-Length Mirror with Decorative Carvings and Shell Cartouche
Located in Houston, TX
This beautifully decorated French gilt full-length mirror features a large and ornate shell cartouche at the top as well as floral carvings and scroll work at each side, corner and s...
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Antique 19th Century French Rococo Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Plaster, Wood

Gold Shell Chair in Solid Hand-Carved Wood Silver Gilt Painting
Located in Paris, FR
Chair gold shell with structure in hand-carved solid wood which is hand-painted with silver gilt painting. Covered with high quality fabric in cream finish. Also available with oth...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Wood

Hollywood Regency Style Faux Tortoise Shell and Gilt Decorated Wall Mirror
Located in Stamford, CT
Hollywood Regency style faux tortoiseshell and gilt decorated wall or console beveled mirror. ZhS.   
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Vintage 1960s Hollywood Regency Pier Mirrors and Console Mirrors

Materials

Mirror

John Widdicomb Wall / Console Mirror Parcel Gilt and Decorated Shell Carved
By John Widdicomb
Located in Stamford, CT
John Widdicomb parcel gilt and decorated chinoiserie shell carved wall / console mirror. GXA.
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Vintage 1950s Chinoiserie Wall Mirrors

Materials

Wood

Gilt Classical Mirror with Shell Carving, New England, circa 1820-1830
Located in Providence, RI
This mirror has a most unusual finely carved shell, which is quite a standout. We have not seen a shell like this, and it sets this mirror well above related examples of this type, w...
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Antique 19th Century American American Classical Pier Mirrors and Consol...

1880 Mirror Parecloses Mercury With Shell Gilted With Sheet of Gold 169x127 cm
Located in Paris, FR
Mirror in wood gilted has parecloses mirror center is beveled circa N3 , gilt original sheet of gold,good condition,mirrors are original,at the back the mark ROSTAIN Galerie de la...
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Antique 19th Century French Napoleon III Wall Mirrors

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Pair of Murano Gilt and Silvered Mirrored Glass Shell Sconces, 1980s
Located in Florence, IT
Pair of Murano gilt and silvered mirrored glass shell sconces, brass support, two bulbs per sconce.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Murano Glass

Pair of Murano Gilt and Silvered Mirrored Glass Shell Sconces, 1980s
Located in Florence, IT
Pair of Murano gilt and silvered mirrored glass shell sconces, brass support, two bulbs per sconce.
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Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Murano Glass

20th Century Italian Gilt Gold Carved Wood Grotto Style Shell Shelf
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Small grotto-style shell shelf in gold. The top of this piece has a small scalloped top and a large shell at the bottom. The back features two metal hanging pieces for easy installat...
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20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Wood, Giltwood

Japanese Antique White Shell Inlaid Smoking Tansu, Complete, 1850
Located in Shelburne, VT
The first we have seen A spectacular and hard to find Inlaid and lacquered three-drawer Tansu complete with all original bronze accoutrement including a fine engraved antique long...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Edo Antiquities

Materials

Bronze

Antique Continental Ceramic Pink & Gilt Striped Shell or Oil Lamp Styled Inkwell
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique ceramic inkwell is presumed to have been made in Continental Europe in circa 1880 in the period Victorian style. The inkwell is clearly stamped with a maker's mark, howe...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Victorian Inkwells

Materials

Ceramic

19th Century Gilt Wood Horizontal Shell Motif Diamond Dust Mirror France
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Horizontal Rectangular Giltwood French Mantle Mirror with Shell Sun King Motif in grotto-style Large Louis Philippe French Victorian giltwood mirror with crest. Top features seashe...
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Antique 19th Century French French Provincial Mantel Mirrors and Firepla...

Materials

Metal, Gold Leaf

English 24-Karat Water Gilt Oval Mirror Adorned with Cherubs and Shells
Located in Savannah, GA
19th century wonderful English 24-karat water gilt Regency style oval mirror adorned with cherubs and shells.
Category

Antique 19th Century English Regency Wall Mirrors

Materials

Giltwood

English Chippendale Gilt Carved Wood Floral and Shell Motif Mirror. Circa 1770
Located in Charleston, SC
English Chippendale gilt carved wood and gesso mirror with acanthus floral and shell motif. Mirror retains the original glass. Late 18th Century
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Antique 1770s British Chippendale Wall Mirrors

Materials

Glass, Giltwood

Pair of Murano Glass Shell Table Lamps Gilt Leaves Brass Structure, 1970s
Located in Florence, IT
Pair of Murano glass shell table lamps gilt mirrored leaves, brass structure, rectangular clear glass base, one bulb per lamps. We realize handcrafted lampshades with customized desi...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Pair of Murano Glass Shell Table Lamps Gilt Leaves Brass Structure, 1970s
Located in Florence, IT
Pair of Murano glass shell table lamps gilt mirrored leaves, brass structure, rectangular clear Glass base, one bulb per lamps. We realize handcrafted lampshades with customized desi...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

Early 20th Century Silvered and Gilt Porcelain Clam Shell of Large Scale
Located in London, GB
A fine early 20th century porcelain bowl of large scale in the form of a clam shell, with silvered outer and gilt interior.
Category

Early 20th Century Italian Art Deco Decorative Bowls

Materials

Porcelain

Gilt Bronze and Mother-of-pearl Shell Shaped Box, Palais Royale, circa 1810
Located in New York, NY
Gilt bronze and mother-of-pearl shell shaped box, Palais Royale, circa 1810.
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Antique Early 19th Century French Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bronze

Italian Carved Gilt & Red Painted Wood Wall Mount Marble Top Table Shell Detail
Located in Toledo, OH
Italian carved gilt & red painted wood wall mount marble-top table with center shell detail.
Category

Antique 1890s Unknown Rococo Console Tables

Materials

Marble

Continental Carved Early 19th Century Parcel-Gilt Mirror Leaf and Shell on Black
Located in Wells, ME
Continental hand carved late 18th-early 19th century parcel-gilt mirror. This elegant mirror has enhanced the leaf, shell and flower carvings by highlighting them in gold while keepi...
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Antique Late 18th Century European Rococo Mantel Mirrors and Fireplace M...

Materials

Giltwood

Set of 12 Antique English Soup or Dessert Bowls Shell Shaped Raised Gilt Details
By Royal Doulton
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A stunning set of shell shaped scalloped deep bowls, perfect for so many first course, soup or dessert dishes. The deep wells are accentuated with shell cartouches on the collars and...
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Vintage 1910s English Tableware

Materials

Gold

Monumental Shan Burmese Gilt Lacquer Buddha Head, Early 20th Century
Located in Austin, TX
A Burmese gilt dry lacquer monumental head of the Buddha, Shan States, Myanmar (Burma), early 20th century. This monumental dry lacquer and gilt head would originally have been p...
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Early 20th Century Burmese Sculptures and Carvings

Materials

Shell, Lacquer

Gilt Bronze and Tortoiseshell Chest, 18th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Late 18th century chest Wood, gold bronze and hawksbill. Chest made at the end of the 18th century, with a wooden structure composed of a prismatic base and a vaulted cover, articu...
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Antique Late 18th Century European Neoclassical Decorative Boxes

Materials

Bronze

Large Gilt Bronze Boulle Wall Clock
Located in London, GB
This Boulle wall clock is comprised of two components: the clock body and the bracket upon which the clock body sits. The wooden clock case is violin shaped and, where not decorated ...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XIV Wall Clocks

Materials

Brass, Ormolu, Bronze

  • Large Gilt Bronze Boulle Wall Clock
  • Large Gilt Bronze Boulle Wall Clock
  • Large Gilt Bronze Boulle Wall Clock
  • Large Gilt Bronze Boulle Wall Clock
H 40.95 in. W 19.3 in. D 7.49 in.
Set of 4 Bronze Shell Shaped Sconces
Located in New York, NY
Set of 4 French 1930s shell shaped sconces with interior light. Original patina.
Category

Vintage 1930s French Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Bronze

  • Set of 4 Bronze Shell Shaped Sconces
  • Set of 4 Bronze Shell Shaped Sconces
  • Set of 4 Bronze Shell Shaped Sconces
  • Set of 4 Bronze Shell Shaped Sconces
H 8.5 in. W 6 in. D 3.75 in.
Gilt Bronze Mounted Boulle Inlaid Writing Desk
By André-Charles Boulle
Located in London, GB
This wonderful writing desk, crafted from ebonized wood, gilt bronze, and brass and tortoiseshell marquetry, is a superb example of Boulle style furniture. The writing desk is suppor...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass, Ormolu, Bronze

  • Gilt Bronze Mounted Boulle Inlaid Writing Desk
  • Gilt Bronze Mounted Boulle Inlaid Writing Desk
  • Gilt Bronze Mounted Boulle Inlaid Writing Desk
  • Gilt Bronze Mounted Boulle Inlaid Writing Desk
H 27.96 in. W 38.19 in. D 22.84 in.
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Gilt Shell For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the gilt shell you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each gilt shell for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, wood and bone. Find 102 options for an antique or vintage gilt shell now, or shop our selection of 2 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect gilt shell — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A gilt shell is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Louis XV, Hollywood Regency and Baroque styles are sought with frequency. A well-made gilt shell has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Antonio Pavia, Barovier&Toso and Coalport Porcelain are consistently popular.

How Much is a Gilt Shell?

A gilt shell can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $3,925, while the lowest priced sells for $125 and the highest can go for as much as $637,298.