Enamel

Enamel is a material that is made by fusing powdered glass onto another material – usually metal – at very high temperatures. Enamel has been used for decorative effect since ancient times, reaching its peak popularity during the 18th and 19th Centuries in Europe.

There are a number of different enamelling techniques that are used to decorate objects. Most prominent in antique furniture, vases and clocks are the champlevé enamelling technique and the cloisonné enamelling technique, which were both used extensively in the 18th and 19th Centuries for European and Asian antique furniture and decorative arts. Guilloché enamelling and plique-a-jour enamelling are two further techniques, which both require a high level of skillful craftsmanship to achieve.

The smooth, hard and durable quality of enamel, combined with the decorative flexibility it allows, means that the use of the material has continued to flourish as a decorative arts technique into the present day.

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  1. Neoclassical 38
  2. Louis XVI 20
  3. Floral 18
  4. Figurative Art 17
  5. Islamic 13
  6. Russian Interest 13
  7. Rococo 13
  8. Renaissance 11
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  12. Persian interest 10
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  14. Chinese Interest 7
  15. Empire 6
  16. Chinoiserie 6
  17. Fabergé 6
  18. Christian 6
  19. Napoleon III 5
  20. Japanese Interest 4
  21. Animal / Animalier 4
  22. Portrait 4
  23. Faberge 4
  24. Meiji 4
  25. Birds / Ornithology 4
  26. Fête Galante 3
  27. Baroque 3
  28. Arabesque 3
  29. Napoleonic 2
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  32. Gothic 2
  33. Royal / Monarchy 2
  34. Boulle 2
  35. Biblical 2
  36. Restauration 1
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  39. Academic 1
  40. Japonisme 1
  41. Music / Musical 1
  42. Militaria / Military 1
  43. Meissen 1
  44. Mannerist 1
  45. Louis XIV 1
  46. Landscape 1
  47. Jewish 1
  48. Hunting 1
  49. History Painting 1
  50. Genre 1
  51. Equestrian / Horses 1
  52. Bukhara 1
  53. Bohemian 1
  54. Shakespeare, Theatre & Literature 1
Material
  1. Enamel 135
  2. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 68
  3. Glass 18
  4. Enamel - Cloisonné 15
  5. Gilt 15
  6. Silver 11
  7. Enamel - Champlevé 10
  8. Giltwood 10
  9. Malachite 9
  10. Gold 8
  11. Precious Stones 8
  12. Silver-gilt 8
  13. Onyx 5
  14. Marble 5
  15. Velvet 5
  16. Patinated Bronze 4
  17. Wood 4
  18. Metal 4
  19. Enamel - Guilloché 4
  20. Cut Glass 3
  21. Lapis Lazuli 3
  22. Gilt Metal 3
  23. Brass 3
  24. Tortoiseshell 3
  25. Porcelain 3
  26. Pearl 3
  27. Diamond 2
  28. Leather 2
  29. Ebonised Wood 2
  30. Semi-precious stones 2
  31. Enamel - Plique-à-jour 2
  32. Spelter 1
  33. Silvered bronze 1
  34. Tole 1
  35. Bronze 1
  36. Porphyry 1
  37. Sapphire 1
  38. Rock Crystal 1
  39. Mahogany 1
  40. Oil on Panel 1
  41. Nephrite 1
  42. Mirror 1
  43. Amethyst 1
  44. Agate 1
Colour
  1. Gold 109
  2. Multi-coloured 58
  3. White 51
  4. Blue 42
  5. Green 29
  6. Red 23
  7. Brown 12
  8. Silver 11
  9. Clear 10
  10. Pink 8
  11. Turquoise 7
  12. Black 6
  13. Orange 6
  14. Purple 5
  15. Cream 4
  16. Yellow 3
  17. Grey 2
Country Of Origin
  1. French 88
  2. Russian 14
  3. Bohemian 10
  4. Chinese 8
  5. Japanese 4
  6. English 3
  7. Austrian 2
  8. Austro-Hungarian 2
  9. Swiss 2
  10. Asian 1
  11. Continental 1
  12. German 1
  13. Italian 1
  14. Middle Eastern 1
  15. Syrian 1
  16. Uzbekistan 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 62
  2. 19th Century 39
  3. 20th Century 13
  4. Early 20th Century 9
  5. Early 19th Century 8
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 4
Artist / Maker
  1. Fabergé 5
  2. Dasson, Henry 2
  3. Le Roy et fils 2
  4. Denière et Fils 2
  5. Asprey 2
  6. Roybet, Ferdinand 1
  7. Riesener, Jean Henri 1
  8. Royer, Ernest 1
  9. Morel, Jean-Valentin 1
  10. Raingo Frères 1
  11. Puiforcat 1
  12. Politzer, Ludwig 1
  13. Piolaine, Michel-François 1
  14. Vion, François 1
  15. Picard, Henri 1
  16. Ovchinnikov, Pavel 1
  17. Moser 1
  18. Meissen Porcelain Manufactory 1
  19. Moreau, Auguste 1
  20. Michelez 1
  21. Barbedienne, Ferdinand 1
  22. Marchand, Nicolas Jean 1
  23. Maison Mottheau et fils 1
  24. Lenoir, E. 1
  25. H. Journet & Cie 1
  26. Gros, Jean-Louis-Benjamin 1
  27. Garrard & Co. 1
  28. David, Gerard 1
  29. Charpentier & Compagnie 1
  30. Brezagez, Pierre 1
  31. Beurdeley 1
  32. Weisweiler, Adam 1

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