Cisele. French word for engraved, usually by hand. Cisele objects have a surface that is both engraved and chased, often with a single tool, a kind of chisel, called a ciselet. The high style of cisele decorated metal was in the popular 19th century when several noted French ciseleurs created some outstanding metal items including jewelry.
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For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
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