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Limoges Enamels at The Frick Collection

Published by GILES in association with The Frick Collection, New York

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Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 80 pages, 180 x 180 mm, (7⅛ x 7⅛ in)

Illustrations — 75 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£12.95/US$19.95

ISBN — 978-1-907804-37-3

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"This book is as jewel-like as its subject"—Barrymore Laurence Scherer, The Magazine Antiques

"An accessible introduction to enamel history"Allison Meier, Hyperallergic

About the Book

Limoges enamels, named after the town in which they were produced, are one of the most distinctive art forms of the French Renaissance. This stunning volume—the first book dedicated to Henry Clay Frick’s important collection of Limoges enamels—reflects the jewel-like character of these exquisite objects. It shows the broad range of applications to which this brilliant but delicate medium was applied in 15th-, 16th- and early 17th-century France: from secular objects, such as portraits, caskets and tableware, to objects of religious association, such as devotional triptychs.

There are major examples of works by some of the leading masters of the art, including Jean I and Nardon Pénicaud, Léonard Limousin, Pierre Reymond and the Master of the Large Foreheads. In addition to full-page images of 43 key pieces from this collection—each accompanied by a brief commentary and illustrated with exceptional new photography—the volume includes an illustrated essay by Ian Wardropper on the wider artistic significance, stylistic qualities and consummate craftsmanship of the collection, its history and re-display at the Frick, together with an illustrated glossary of terms by the Frick’s associate conservator Julia Day.

About the Author(s)

Ian Wardopper has been director of The Frick Collection since 2011. Previously, he was Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Chairman of the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Eloise W. Martin Curator and Department Head, European Decorative Arts and Sculpture and Ancient Art, at the Art Institute of Chicago. He has written numerous books and articles and co-organized more than twenty exhibitions in his specialties of European sculpture, earlier decorative arts, and twentieth-century design and decorative arts, among them Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution (2009), and Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure for the Palaces of Europe (2008). In 2012, he received the prestigious Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France.

He has lectured widely and made a number of radio and TV appearances. Most recently, he gave a tour of the Frick to Mario Batali, for the chef’s series “The High Road”; appeared on Channel 13 to feature a sculpture by Jean-Antoine Houdon; and discussed the exhibition Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals at The Frick Collection on NY1.

Julia Day is associate conservator at The Frick Collection. In 2011, she completed the treatment of Houdon's life-sized painted terracotta sculpture Diana the Huntress in preparation for its installation in the new Portico Gallery. In 2012, she presented her work on The Frick Collection at two symposia: the French Bronze Symposium in Paris, and the ICOM-CC Enamel Group meeting in Barcelona, where she spoke about her treatment of Limoges painted enamels and the renovation of the Enamel Room's historic display cases.