Did you know that Indian silks were a source of inspiration for the enamel painters?

Naturally, the enamel painters did not limit themselves to a few borrowings from easel painting. They would also exploit the vast ornamental repertoire of the decorative arts (interior design, household arts, textiles).

Porcelain, which was still very much in fashion, was not without certain technical similarities to enamelling. Its painted decoration, set in the kiln, would be a constant source of inspiration.

The same would apply for embroidered and Indian silks, the floral patterns and shimmering colours of which featured on a good number of enamelled watch cases.

 

Gold watch
champlevé decoration of red and green translucent enamel on a background of opaque white enamel, Julien Le Roy
Paris, circa 1745
inv. 2802

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