Definition of shellwork in English:



  • [mass noun] Ornamentation consisting of shells cemented on to a surface.

    • ‘Considering how popular shellwork was in Britain, it is not surprising that this form of ornamentation appealed to some well-to-do colonial Americans.’
    • ‘The armchair's densely carved scallops and shellwork, rosebuds, floral bouquets, and cartouche-shaped back are loosely based on the rococo style as reinterpreted in French pattern books of the mid-nineteenth century.’
    • ‘However the fact that these two shadow-box grottoes were made by mature women suggests that shellwork was an amusing pastime for women of education and wealth.’
    • ‘The shellwork is of such sophistication that it is hard to imagine that professional assistance was not sought.’