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[bahs-tah-yuh] /bɑsˈtɑ yə/
of or relating to an enameling technique in which transparent enamels are fused over a background carved in low relief, or to a piece, as of jewelry, so enameled.
1895-1900; < French, equivalent to basse low (see base2) + taille cutting (see tail2) Unabridged
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(French: "low-cut"), an enameling technique in which a metal surface, usually gold or silver, is engraved or carved in low relief and then covered with translucent vitreous enamel. This technique dramatizes the play of light and shade over the low-cut design and also gives the object a brilliance of tone. Developed in Italy in the 13th century, basse-taille enamelwork was especially popular in Europe during the Gothic and Renaissance periods

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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