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Dictionary of enamelling
Speel, Erika.
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Publication Information:
Aldershot, Hants. ; Brookfield, Vt. : Ashgate, [1998]

Physical Description:
xvi, 152 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
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NK4998.5 .S6 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The splendour of the pala d'Oro, the mystery of the Alfred Jewel, the genius of Renaissance goldsmiths...For more than 1000 years enamels, made by fusing layers of coloured glass to metal, have been used to embellish objects of great value and importance. Medieval altar pieces and reliquaries, Renaissance jewels, Limoges paintings, portrait miniatures, seventeenth-century gold snuff boxes and watch cases, and, perhaps most famously, Faberg#65533;'s presentation Easter eggs made for the Russian imperial family, were all decorated with enamel. Twentieth- century studio enamels have widened traditional methods, while industrial manufacture ranges from architectural panels to art applications. The Dictionary of Enamelling is the first book to provide a comprehensive guide to this most diverse of the decorative arts.Indispensable for anyone interested in the evolution of enamelling technique, the book includes some 400 entries covering every aspect of its history. There are entries on key pieces, individual enamellers, designers, schools, techniques, and the major achievements are described in every era. The knowledge and insight of Erika Speel's account are supported and enhanced by a brilliantly researched collection of 200 illustrations, 100 in colour, portraying the most dazzling and important pieces, a unique visual record of enamelling history. The Dictionary of Enamelling will be invaluable to people who collect, study, create and enjoy enamels.

Author Notes

Erika Speel contributes articles on enamelling for specialist, antique and craft publications. She has lectured on the subject at many venues including the University of London and at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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Choice Review

Speel (a freelance writer and lecturer on enameling art) offers a clearly written and organized, carefully documented, and well-illustrated dictionary on enamel techniques, artists, types of objects, and important individual works. Articles vary in length from about 50 words to two pages, and almost all include numerous bibliographic references. There is no index, which would have been very helpful, but entries include frequent cross-references. Many entries are illustrated with black-and-white photographs, and there are 32 pages of beautiful color plates. Speel's book, the only recent reference work on enameling, offers far more information on this topic than The Dictionary of Art, ed. by Jane Turner (CH, Jan'97). Highly recommended for any collection serving artists, researchers, or collectors of enameling or decorative arts. N. Taylor Earlham College

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