Cuir Roulé

Victorian Cuir Roulé Pin Set with Pinked (Backfoil) Topaz and Grossular Garnets.

Cuir roulé (from French: cuir = leather, roulé = rolled) is a term to describe the volute shaped ornaments in jewelry from 1835 onwards. Rolled-up leather scrolls were mimicked by repousse work. These scrolls have their origin in ancient Greece where they were used in Ionic Order architecture and were reintroduced as a design element in jewelry around 1835 by the Parisian jeweler Edouard Marchant1

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  1. Bennett/Mascetti, Understanding Jewellery, p79