Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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champlevé bindings

Bindings produced between the 11th and 13th centuries. The process involved cutting designs into a thin sheet of gold or copper, which formed the cover, with cavities filled with enamel. Sometimes the enamel was limited to the decoration of borders and corners. Champlevé can be distinguished from CLOISONNÉ BINDINGS by the irregular widths of the metal enclosing the enameled areas. (124 , 280 ,357 )




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