champlevé

champlevé

[shahn-luh-vey]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to an enamel piece or enameling technique in which enamel is fused onto the incised or hollowed areas of a metal base.
noun, plural champlevés [shahn-luh-vey, -veyz] .
2.
an enamel piece made by the champlevé method.
3.
the technique used to produce champlevé enamels.

Origin:
1855–60; < French, past participle of champlever to lift (i.e., take out) a field (i.e., a flat part), make hollow places on the ground to be engraved; see camp1, lever

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champlevé (ʃɑ̃lve, English ˌʃæmpləˈveɪ)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to a process of enamelling by which grooves are cut into a metal base and filled with enamel colours
 
n
2.  an object enamelled by this process
 
[C19: from champ field (level surface) + levé raised]

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