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ENAMEL Network subgroup

This subgroup was created in 2006 by the ICOM-CC Working Groups 'Metals' and 'Glass and Ceramics', after a first meeting in the Castle of Germolles (Burgundy, France). The group adopted the name ENAMEL without specifying the subject as 'Enamel on Metals'.

In spring 2008, the group organized the second meeting at the Villa Medici in Rome. The meeting was a great success, with more than eighty participants from ten different countries attending (for abstracts, see the subsection ENAMEL in the Working Group documents). The meeting ended with a debate on objectives and the future of the Enamel Group. Gerhard Eggert, after two years of good and devoted services, left as leader of the subgroup and Agnès Gall-Ortlik agreed to coordinate the subgroup after having assisted for two years.

The third meeting took place on the 8th and 9th of October 2010 in New York City. The Frick Collection provided an exceptional venue. Thanks to Julia Day, assistant conservator at the Frick and in charge of the enamels collection, the organization was perfect. The two-day event with 13 talks and 2 posters covered issues related to the preservation of enamels, new scientific research, as well as technical and art historical studies. 67 professionals attended the conference from France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the USA. The Extended Abstracts are available to download under the documents section of this web site. 

The fourth meeting has been held in Barcelona, at the Museud’Història de Catalunya on 14th and 15th of June 2012.The presentations provided a good mixture of science, technology and conservation topics. The meeting was connected to a 3 days enamel master class at the Artistic Fired Enamel on Metal workshop of the Llotja Advanced School of Art and Design in Barcelona. 

The fifth meeting on the Conservation, History and Technology of Enamels on Metal took place in London, at the Rangers House (Greenwich) on July 17 and 18, 2014. The day and a half meeting covered topics such as history and technology, deterioration and conservation case studies. Enamel material from medieval to contemporary has been part of the presentations and posters from curators, conservators and scientists. Extended Abstracts can be downloaded HERE.

ENAMEL Meeting 2016

The 6TH EXPERTS’ MEETING ON ENAMEL ON METAL has been held at the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland, 19th ‐ 20th May, 2016

The National Museum in Warsaw, originally founded in 1862 as the Museum of Fine Arts, is currently one of the oldest art museums in Poland. Its collection numbers around 830,000 works of art from Poland and abroad, from ancient times to the present, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, coins, as well as utilitarian objects and design and enamel collections range from Asian to European decorative artefacts. Contributions of the ENAMEL meeting covered all aspects of the conservation, history, technology and science of enamels on metal. The meeting consisted of two days of oral presentations and visits to collections.

The Enamel Network ceased being part of ICOM-CC on 10 May 2019.








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