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Enamels

Enamel, or more correctly vitreous enamel, has been used as a method of decoration in the fields of decorative art and jewellery for many hundreds of years. During the Middle Ages beautiful enamelling work was produced in both France and Germany. From medieval times, Limoges in France became especially famous for its fine enamels, many of which decorated various objects used in the Christian churches. British enamellers gained prominence during the 17th and 18th centuries and later still the Russian House of Fabergé became world famous for its stunning enamel work. Our selection concentrates on 19th and 20th century examples, many from Limoges but also from this country when we can source suitable pieces. Pictures of various sizes, some to be hung and others on stands, together with boxes and other other objects are all offered here. We also stock a large selection of enamelled jewellery which can be seen in our Jewellery section.

Pair of French Enamels ‘Mousquetaires et Chiens’

Very fine pair of framed French polychrome enamels on copper depicting two musketeers seen in a rural setting with their hounds, executed by Paul Soyer (1832-1903). Strong, vivid colours accented with gold and silver paillons,…

Long Haired Mermaid beneath a Blue Sky

Delightful circular framed enamel on copper of a mermaid seated on a sandy beach. Her long tail is curled to one side of her as she looks out to sea towards what appears to be…

Limoges Table Mirror with Enamelled Portrait

Late 19th century French dressing table table mirror, which swivels to reveal an enamelled portrait of a young woman on the reverse. Set in a richly decorated gilt bronze frame and standing on four curved…

Frederick James Shields Lakeside Scene

Stunningly beautiful enamel on copper plaque by the English painter, illustrator and designer Frederick James Shields (aka James Frederick Shields, 1833-1911). Set inside a scalloped frame edged with a rope patterned detail, the image is…

Gamekeeper and Dogs by Michel Bétourné

Framed Limoges enamel on copper depicting a gamekeeper and his dogs pausing for a moment at the edge of the forest near Fontainebleau. Signed by the master enameller Michel Bétourné, the work being after an…

‘The Birth of Venus’ by L. David

Framed Limoges enamel on copper depicting 'The Birth of Venus', after the painting by Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889) which hangs in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Stretched out on the surface of the waves, her long…

Pair of Exotic Birds from Fauré

Stunning Art Nouveau pair of little framed enamels on copper, one depicting a peacock and the other a phoenix. From the Limoges studio of Camille Fauré (1872-1944), the colours are truly vibrant, with each bird…

The Lady and the Unicorn

Impressive framed enamel on copper,  by the French maitre-emailleur Ernest Blancher (1855-1935). The image is taken from one of the series of six tapestries woven in Flanders in the 1500’s, currently on display in the…

Winged Putto and Skull

Highly unusual framed enamel on copper of a chubby seated winged putto (sometimes also known as a sacred cherub). His drooping head is supported on his raised hand while his elbow rests on the skull…

Portrait of a Nobelwoman by A. Soustre

Circular enamel on copper half-length portrait of a young woman by the highly regarded Limoges enamelier Antoine Soustre. Dressed in a full bolero top embellished with finely embroidered attachments and with a lacy cap on…

‘Midnight Mass’ by R. Sarlandie

Framed Limoges enamel picture of a moonlit Christmas Eve scene by Robert Sarlandie (1901-1986). A quite stunning image with people gathering at a church on the edge of their village to celebrate Midnight Mass. The…

Limoges Portrait of a Young Woman

Stunningly beautiful framed Limoges enamel on copper portrait of a sultry young woman with long chestnut coloured hair. Depicted a little under half-length, she's seen inclining her head back and to one side with her…

The Young Sculptor

Framed Limoges enamel on copper by E.J. Nicolau portraying a sculptor at work in his studio. In a richly detailed study, the young man is seen seated on a wooden bench, leaning forward towards the…

Portrait by Jules Sarlandie

Old original Limoges enamel portrait by Jules Sarlandie (1874-1936). A beautiful image of a young semi-nude woman, her body turned three-quarters towards us while her face is seen in profile as she gazes slightly downwards…

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