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Limoges Enamels at the Frick Collection


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Limoges enamels, named for the town in which they were produced, are one of the most distinctive art forms of the French Renaissance. This stunning handbook - the first book dedicated to Henry Clay Frick's important collection of 46 Limoges enamels - reflects the jewel-like character of the objects it describes. These colorful, luminous, often personal treasures - plaques, caskets, dishes, ewers - have long been of interest to connoisseurs. Henry Clay Frick purchased John Pierpont Morgan's collection in totality in 1916, adding his name to a centuries-long list of illustrious collectors of the medium.A fascinating and wide-ranging introduction by Ian Wardropper sets the scene. Entries for each object, illustrated with new photography, and a glossary of terms reveal the intricacies of the collection, which itself constitutes a comprehensive survey of painted enamels at an outstanding level of quality. Hardcover, 80 pages