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Building on the papers of the 2001 symposium (published in volume 65 of the OCS Transactions, except for my own contribution on English enamellers, which appeared in APOLLO in November 2002), but drawing also on recent specialist publications and her own considerable research on datable pieces in the Dresden collections and English over-decoration, Helen Espir has now vastly increased our knowledge of the overall nature of the phenomenon and filled in the detail lacking in all earlier accounts.
A collaborative exhibition developed by The Devon Guild of Craftsmen with the University of the West of England and the British Society of Enamellers, it will be on view at Bilston until October 31 before concluding its national tour at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum from November 14 to January 10.
This has led to doubts as to whether the court artist Jean de Court and the enameller or enamellers signing 'Jean de Court' and 'Jean Court dit Vigier' on enamels in the 1550s could conceivably be one and the same.
The firms shortlisted are Mayflower Vehicle Systems at Coventry, Malcolm Enamellers ACP of Wednesbury, Frederick Woolley, suppliers of underbody presswork components, MLM Fasteners of Brierley Hill, automotive component distributors, Radshape Sheet Metal of Aston, supplier of low volume niche parts, and Sertec of Birmingham, the UK's largest independent press working company.
We've had a bit of success with business set-ups and arts and media, but there are still jewellers, enamellers and platemakers.
Often chipped, but sometimes not, these labels really are the top of the market and represent the best of the enamellers art.
And so around the 1720s, in France, Jean Tontin, a jeweller from Chateaudun, his son Henri, along with certain artists - enamellers who had trained in Geneva - began to create fine small objects using gold as a base and painting on them in fine colours using a white enamel ground.
I hope this book will also provide the acknowledgement due to all the firm's gifted craftsmen, who include the chasers, engravers and enamellers, who enriched the numerous jewels and works of art which came from the Falize workshops.
With the somewhat later example of the dragonesque brooches (plate 198) in mind, there should be no surprise at evidence for the export from Britain of the products of skilled bronzesmiths and enamellers.
Over five hundred people were employed with several wonderfully gifted workmasters like Michael Perchin and Henrik Wigstrom, still remembered today, controlling teams of jewellers, enamellers, carvers, goldsmiths, etc.