What is the meaning of the furniture term Repousse?

The term Repousse refers to a type of furniture decoration technique that involves hammering or pressing a design onto a metal surface from the back. This technique creates a raised relief pattern on the front of the metal, creating a three-dimensional effect. Repousse is commonly used on various metal furniture pieces such as cabinet doors, table legs, or decorative accents. It is often associated with ornate and intricate designs, commonly found in antique or vintage furniture. Decorative sheet-metal work in which the design is hammered forward from the back.
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