Still Trending: Shagreen

Shagreen finishes, both real and faux, have been trending for a few seasons now, and was still pretty popular at Highpoint April 2013.  Shagreen, or Chagrin  or Galuchat as it is also referred to, is a leather made from the skin of rayfish which is covered with round, closely set, calcified papillae resembling small pearls. 
The use of shagreen as a leather dates back centuries in the Asian culture. In the 20th century, in the Art Deco period in the 1920's, shagreen was popular on decorative objects and furniture.  Shagreen is reputed to be one of the strongest hides in the world.  I am a huge fan and thought I share a few pictures pre and post market.

Jonathan Charles Furniture

Bernhardt Interiors

Celerie Kemble for Henredon

Serge de Troyer had a lot of Shagreen on hand -- nifty game/coffee table!

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