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A Book Review August 2009

This handsomely presented volume has an initial chapter tided ‘An English Goldsmith’s Work History, and over 140 of the 158 pages of the book display gold and enameled pieces with virtuoso designs and flawless craftsmanship.…

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Book Review April 2004

This recently published 64-page small format book gives an overview of the jewellery and luxury objects that comprise the collection known as the Cheapside Hoard. The numerous and diverse objects of the Hoard had lain undisturbed in their…

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Byzantine Enamel Works

The exhibition, mounted at the Royal Academy in London in collaboration with the Benaki Museum in Athens, incorporates over 240 objects, spanning 1000 years of Byzantine artistic production. The pieces with enamels are thus shown within…

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Enameled Jewelry of Hali Baykov

The modern designer-jeweler must contend with a great range of alternative ornaments: with antique pieces and diamond studded ornaments, with their high intrinsic investment value; with less costly day wear jewelry from many freelance…

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Enameled Miniature Clock Cases

Small ornamental clocks were among the medium priced ornamental objects that were in huge demand in the 19th century. This gave opportunities for enameled decorations to be added for a valuable, individualistic appearance for every piece,…

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Enamels in Medieval Galleries

The innovative Medieval Galleries, occupying a complete wing of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, have now been open for several months. There was extensive initial press coverage and a great surge of visitors: but with such spacious…

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English Painted Enamels

English enamels, in the genre also widely classed as Battersea work [after the initial place of their manufacture] were profusely made from 1753 to the late 18th century, and there was continuity into the four subsequent decades. For the articles…

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English Pictorial Enamels

English enamels made during the period 1750 to 1840 were chiefly ornamented with transfer printed images and mottos. While the most important innovations in this manufacture were connected with these transfer processes, other new working…

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Love Among the Ruins

The fine and fascinating enamel plaque shown here [Pic. 1] is a copy in enamels after a painting by the famed pre-Raphaelite artist, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, titled ‘Love Among the Ruins’. The original, very large painting was…

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The Cheapside Hoard

A cache of treasures that had lain hidden for some 300 years was unearthed in 1912, during excavation work in the Cheapside area of London. This was therefore known as the Cheapside Hoard and it is a collection of considerable historical importance.…

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The Enamels of Alan Mudd

The English enameller, Alan Mudd, born in Lancashire, began his studies in the fine arts, and served an indentured apprenticeship as an engraver in the textile industry. This gave a wide-ranging background in design and comprehensive skills…

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The Enamelware of Alan Mudd

The English enameller, Alan Mudd, born in Lancashire, began his studies in the fine arts, and served an indentured apprenticeship as an engraver in the textile industry. This gave a wide-ranging background in design and comprehensive skills…

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Two Trial Pieces

The article titled ‘The Enamels of Alan Mudd’ in Glass on Metal Vol. 28-2, Apr. 2009, pp 28-30, featured his pieces made in champlevé and basse taille techniques, as perfected for luxury objects. Alan Mudd’s art work is…