repoussé

[ruh-poo-sey]
adjective
1.
(of a design) raised in relief by hammering on the reverse side.
2.
ornamented or made in this kind of raised work.
noun
3.
the art or process of producing repoussé designs.

Origin:
1850–55; < French, past participle of repousser to push back; see re-, push

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repoussé (rəˈpuːseɪ)
 
adj
1.  raised in relief, as a design on a thin piece of metal hammered through from the underside
2.  decorated with such designs
 
n
3.  a design or surface made in this way
4.  the technique of hammering designs in this way
 
[C19: from French, from repousser to push back, from re- + pousser to push]

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repousse

method of decorating metals in which parts of the design are raised in relief from the back or the inside of the article by means of hammers and punches; definition and detail can then be added from the front by chasing or engraving. The name repousse is derived from the French pousser, "to push forward." This ancient technique, which has been used extensively throughout the history of metalworking, achieved widespread popularity in Europe during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.

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They have repousse or punched designs on the edge and middle of the sheet.
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