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Its Called Coquillage -The Art of Attaching Shells to Objects

Did you know that attaching shells to objects such as frames, mirrors or pieces of furniture is a practice called Coquillage? I didn't know! I heard about the name when I posted about the 2008 Beach Idea House here which has quite a collection of interesting examples of coquillage. Take a look!

Coquillage Sea Shell Art
Coquille is the French word for shell and the art of Coquillage goes back to the Rococo period of 18th- century France when the shell motif was popular as a carved decoration. In this picture you see a cute birdhouse distinguished by a shell exterior. You can also use coquillage as a way to Display a Seashell Collection!


coquillage
This is something that I want to do -decorate the necks of a couple of bottles with tiny shells, then use them as vases. It's a simple and lovely idea.

Coquillage Lamp
Local Florida oysters were used to create a pair of shell encrusted table lamps in the guest room.

Seashell Mirror
A large shell encrusted mirror.

Coquillage Motif
And a picture frame by the bed is adorned with shells to carry the coquillage motif throughout the house. You can tour the entire house here.
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26 comments:

Lia said...

I adore that mirror, it's divine.
I don't know where you find these things but I am glad you.

Much love
Lia
xx

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Cute mirror :)

Laura Trevey said...

I love the picture frame on the bedside table :)
xoxo Laura

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm going to leave this post up for awhile to study these photos! I have been playing with shells for a couple of weeks now and love the look for my Florida home! Thanks!

Teri said...

I love the look... but they are such a pain to keep dusted. -sigh-

Cheryl said...

I love the oyster lamps. I have been seeing a lot of oysters now that I'm in Tampa and I hope I can come up with something fabulous for them :)

Shellbelle said...

I love that word! I never heard of it before and I've been attaching shells to stuff for as long as I can remember. Cool!

Blue Creek Home said...

Who knew??? I will need to go to a talking dictionary site to hear them pronounce it before I use it in public!!!

I love all of the images.
Rhonda

DesignTies said...

Fun projects :-) I really like the bottles with the little shells around the necks. The picture frame is pretty too, and it looks great next to the bright green lamp :-)

Kelly

Low Tide High Style said...

Well I had no idea it had a name, but I love anything decorated with shells! I love the shell encrusted mirror and the bottles!

Kat :)

Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

Beautiful pics. NO, I did not know it had a "technical" term. I thought it was called "hot gluing shells to random objects" hehehe

Pam said...

Love all of the gorgeous pieces you've shared here and couldn't choose just one! I'm a huge fan of coquillage/shellwork and have enjoyed making such things myself for decades. It's very addictive. Photos of several pieces I've done, including a shell decorated desk, can be seen on my blog at http://smallserendipities.blogspot.com/2009/03/shellwork.html if you'd like to see them.

Nikki said...

Feeling the urge to glue starfish onto everything I own at the moment.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I love this look...I'd be happy with any piece you have shown.

Fearless Nester said...

Ooh la la -- I love hearing that there's a french word for what I use my hot glue gun for! I had never before seen bottle necks decorated with shells. They are beautiful! ~Lili

seaphemera said...

I love the oyster shell lamps! I've started glueing shells to my backsplash in the kitchen.

Fifi Flowers said...

Every time I visit you I want a beach house!

bermudabluez said...

I love them all!! I think I could manage the bottles with the shells on top...we do have a cottage on the lake...perhaps something I will try for that! I never knew that there was a specific name for it...the comment that cracked me up was the one where it's called "hot gluing shells to stuff"....hahahaha!!

Web Design said...

Variety of designs. I love the beauty of the shell encrusted table lamps, the mirror and the picture frame, though all items are unique.

janice said...

Loved the photos! The most I've ever managed is a plant pot, and thank goodness droopy leaves cover a lot of pot. The French word comes from the Greek, kochíli (ko-hyée-lee) so there's another wee snippet for you today! By the way, what you're doing with your blog is thalassotherapía - sea therapy. As good as medicine any day!

Jeannie said...

this is a great idea...i did a different take on mine (i borrowed the idea from a favorite shop owner!). my mom died and she was a knitter with a wonderful stash of beautiful yarn. I chose some of my favorite of her yarns, and wound then around the neck of a bottle. i think i should do a collection of them, different sizes and so forth. not beachy, but they do live in my house by the sea!

1022 Sea Shell Ave said...

I never knew there was a word for it, I'm so happy to be a subscriber to your blog, that way I don't miss a thing!
:)
Kim

Julie said...

Geez! I never knew there was such a fancy word for what I like to do for fun! I just call it
"I embellish things with seashells"!
I have a photo gallery of things I have created if you'd like to take a look...

www.julsofparadise.com

Sanibel Kate said...

Hi there,

What type of adhesive did you use for the shell sconce?

You have inspired me to tackle a chandelier.

Thanks,
Kate

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Sanibel Kate:

I'm assuming you are referring to Lili's Shell Sconce, and she used a glue gun which you can buy (glue included) at your local craft store. I hope this answers your question. Thanks for stopping by!

JulieBD said...

Very pretty things! I have shell creations at my online shop...

www.julsofparadise.etsy.com

(Oh and I do not use a glue gun or glue pot, I learned a long time ago hot glue does NOT stand the test of time! I use very strong industrial glue.)