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Virgin & Child (detail) Circa 1200 -- Limoges, France -- Copper: formed, repoussé, engraved, chased, scraped, and gilt; hands cast; champlevé enamel: dark, medium, and light blue; turquoise, green, yellow, red, and white; glass cabochons; wood core -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art

An antique Russian gilded silver and shaded cloisonne enamel tea glass holder by Ivan Saltykov, Moscow, circa 1890

A Russian silver gilt and cloisonné enamel jar, Antip Kuzmichev, Moscow, 1896-1908. Of circular form with raised lobed panels, the box enameled in stylized multi-color foliate motifs outlined by bands of turquoise enamel beads, the shaped domed cover with bezel-set green hardstone cabochons similarly decorated.

Art Nouveau style French sterling silver and enamel lidded caviar server by Jules Auguste Habert-Dys, c1905 (Minneapolis Institute of Arts)

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Pyx, Limoges, ca. 1200. Copper alloy, enamel, gold. Taken from the Greek word 'pyxis' meaning 'box-wood receptacle', pyxes were vessels used to house the Eucharist which was given to the congregation during the celebration of Mass.