Limoges enamels, named for the town in which they were produced, are one of the most distinctive art forms of the French Renaissance. This stunning handbook—a catalogue of Henry Clay Frick’s important collection of forty-six Limoges enamels—reflects the jewel-like character of the objects it describes. These colourful, luminous, often personal treasures—plaques, caskets, dishes, ewers—have long been of interest to connoisseurs. Henry Clay Frick purchased John Pierpont Morgan’s collection in totality in 1916, adding his name to a centuries-long list of illustrious collectors of the medium.
A fascinating and wide-ranging introduction by Ian Wardropper sets the scene. Entries for each object are illustrated with new photography, and a glossary of terms reveal the intricacies of the collection.
Ian Wardropper has been director of The Frick Collection since 2011. He has written numerous books and articles and co-organized more than twenty exhibitions, among them, Bernini: Sculpting in Clay (2012) and Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution (2009). In 2012, he received the prestigious award of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France.
Julia Day is associate conservator at The Frick Collection and has been involved in the conservation of the enamel collection since 2008. She is an active member of the enamel specialty group of the International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation in addition to making enamels herself. She has also published technical studies on bronzes and preventative conservation.