Image from page 480 of "The masterpieces of the Centennial international exhibition of 1876 .." (1876)
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when judiciously employed, gives very rich effects. This ornament con-sists of a series of twisted ovolo mouldings, which, springing from a commoncentre at the base of the vase, wind up around the bowl. These ovolos areof a rich turquoise blue color, with gold stars and fern patterns gilded uponthe surface. The same rich color forms a ground for the decoration about thestem of the vase. Around the edge of the base is a scroll design made upof beautiful curves interwoven in a fanciful pattern of peculiar beauty. The middle object of the group is in the shape of one of those shallowcups having an enriched stem which were commonly made during the sixteenthcentury as decorative articles of luxurv, and called Presentoirs. This vessel, itis true, has a cover, which Presentoirs had not, but m all other respects it has INDUSTRIAL ART. 463 the characteristics of those articles. It is enriched with enamel-painting afterthe style of Limoges, a town in the south of France, which was particularly
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Carpet: Tompkinson &= Adams, Kidderminster. distino-uished during the twelfth century for the beauty of its enamel-work. Oneof its peculiarities was the adoption of a transparent color, usually blue, 464 THE INTERNATIONAL EX HIBI TI0 N, 18 76. enriched by small transparent globules on silver spangles, which gave a gem-like appearance to the work. The application of this style of enamel to aporcelain surface gives wonderfully rich and beautiful effects, but the process isone of such extreme difficulty that perfect work is rarely attained. The third figure of the group is one of the charming faience vasesexhibited by Haviland, of Limoges, and painted in a style to which he haso-iven the name of the town. The artistic excellenceof this work is so greatthat it is not impossible that the Limoges faience will have an art influence onour times comparable with the influence of the Limoges enamels, which wehave spoken of above, on the fashions of their day. The characteristics of theHavila
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