Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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cloisonné bindings

Enamelled bindings produced during the 11th century, mainly by Greek and Italian craftsmen. Cloisonné is a technique of surface decoration in porcelain enamel on metal, in which each color area is surrounded by a thin line of metal, flush with the surface of the enamel. Thin fillets of flattened wire are set on edge and soldered to the metallic base in the desired pattern. The cloisons, or cells, are then filled with a colored vitreous composition, fired, ground smooth, and polished. Cloisonné can be distinguished fromCHAMPLEVÉ BINDINGS by the uniform thinness of the metallic lines. (124 , 280 , 347 )

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