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champlevé


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[from the French champlever, ‘to hollow out’]

*Enamel that is poured into grooves engraved as surface decoration on silver, bronze, or copper. It is then fired and polished down to the same level as the surrounding metal. Used by the Romans and Celts, it was perfected in Mosan enamels of the 12th century and widely employed in Limoges enamels of the 12th to 14th centuries. See cloisonné.

Subjects: Art — Archaeology.


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