An early 19th century drawing instruments case in shagreen, nickel bound - inscribed Joseph Dixon Junior - Pimlico (London) (Latin inscription to base) 5 inches high
shagreen. Shagreen is the untanned smoothly pebbled textured skins of rays, sharks or dogfish. In finishing, it is dyed, mostly green, but the colour often fades to a cream colour. Shagreen was a popular material in Europe during the Art Deco era, when designers sought to mould the French tradition of luxury with exotic and precious materials. Most collectable items made from shagreen are smaller objects, like glasses cases, dagger and sword hilts, dressing accessories, boxes and picture frames.
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