Definition of niello in English:

niello

Line breaks: ni¦ello
Pronunciation: /nɪˈɛləʊ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1A black compound of sulphur with silver, lead, or copper, used for filling in engraved designs in silver or other metals: [as modifier]: niello inlay
More example sentences
  • It consists of a series of wide and narrow bands of rinceaux, arabesques, and garlands in niello and filigree, with one lower section including an arcade with figures.
  • The object is then heated at a low temperature causing the niello to fuse, become viscous, and finally cement itself permanently to the metal.
  • Along with enameling, decorating watches with niello was a common practice in the nineteenth century.
1.1Objects decorated with niello: on the Continent niello was always highly desirable

Origin

early 19th century: from Italian, from Latin nigellus, diminutive of niger 'black'.

Derivatives

nielloed

adjective
More example sentences
  • The other series is decorated in a finer scrolling pattern against a black nielloed ground.
  • The ornamentation of such objects was similar to that of the nielloed gold and silver ladles and cups produced at the Kremlin Armoury in the 16th to early 17th centuries.
  • The upper level comprises the numerals and dividing circles which are polished and nielloed.

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