Limoges Enamel Reliquaries - Photos, Pictures, Images { 121 images } Created 17 Jan 2015

Pictures images and photos of Limoges enamel have been produced at Limoges, in south-western France, over several centuries up to the present. From the 12th century to 1370 there was a large industry producing metal objects decorated in enamel using the champlevé technique, of which most of the survivals (estimated at around 7,500 pieces), and probably most of the original production, are religious objects such as reliquaries. Limoges was already the largest and most famous, but not the most high quality, European centre of champlevé vitreous enamel production by the 12th century; its works were known as Opus de Limogia or Labor Limogiae. Champlevé plaques and "chasse caskets" or reliquaries on copper were eventually almost mass-produced and affordable by parish churches and the gentry. However, the highest quality champlevé work came from the Mosan Valley. Limoges enamel was usually applied on a copper base, but also sometimes on silver or gold.

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