Dome table clock in Limoges painted enamel. Decoration on this unique piece draws on the technique traditionally practiced in Limoges, the French capital of enamel work. Enameler applied two clear base layers of enamel (“flux”), then sketched the image, with contours, garment folds, and details, in brown manganese oxide. Surfaces then colored with opal enamels – crystal powders applied in layers, allowing underlying image to show through. Decoration completed by highlighting fabrics and faces with white blanc de Limoges enamel, using a fine needle. Steps interspersed with 30 firings at 850°C, each of which could potentially destroy the work. Hour circle displays simple black-enameled Roman numerals and frames a dial center guilloched under translucent mauve enamel. Clock powered by a caliber 17’” PEND mechanical movement, rewound by electric motor. Height: 213.5 mm. Unique piece. 2015.