This essential guide continues Duncan's survey of this key period with a study of both orfevrerie - the objets d'art created by gold and silversmiths - and metalware. At this point in history, the distinction between the fine and decorative arts began to weaken, resulting in exquisite enameling by such luminaries as Lalique, brilliantly fashioned household accoutrements of bronze and wrought iron and a flourishing of sculpture. Over 2,000 illustrations beautifully document these important pieces.
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The French word orfevrerie defines the art of the goldsmith and silversmith plus that of the artist craftsman who works in precious metals. Metalware, in the context of this book, covers the works of both the sculptor and metalworkers.
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