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ENAMEL RESEARCH AND STUDY CENTRE (CEDRE)

The Enamel Research and Study Centre consists of archives, photographs and a large range of specialized literature. Constantly evolving, it constitutes a precious ressource for researchers who are able to prove they are involved in any researching projects.

Open since 1993, The Limoges Enamel Research and Study Center (CEDRE) - a partner of the National Institute for History of Art (INHA) - aims to become a reference point in terms of enamel art. Its archives and pictorial resources are more and more extensive thanks to purchases and donations such as the Marie-Madeleine Gauthier's working library.

Regarding silverware and Medieval Champlevé enamels, also known as Work of Limoges, the recent donation of documents expanded around the initial core of the Corpus of Southern Enamels (founded in 1948 by Marie-Madeleine Gauthier in Limoges and attached to the CNRS; National Centre for Scientific Research) allows us to collect more than 11,000 documentation files about enamel pieces classified and held in private and public collections all over the world,  as well as their manuscripts and about 30,000 photographs.

Regarding painted enamels produced between the Renaissance period and modern times, the Centre owns essential researching tools made up of files, unpublished studies and sale catalogues from collections dating back the late 19th century (Louis Bourdery, Émile Lachenaud) or the 1960-1980's (Madeleine Marcheix). This rich set of documents is accompanied by an image library allowing researchers to know and compare the pieces preserved by other international museums.

Regarding contemporary enamels, it is essential to mention the Henriette Marty studio collection, which is a real testimony about the enamel manufacturing process, one of the most important figures of the Art Deco movement. It includes a total of 350 sketches, drafts, unfinished pieces and the International Biennale of Enamel Art collection (1971-1994) which contains files from designer and enameller applicants, illustrated with original photographs.

In order to make these different collections easier to consult, the museum is currently working on the creation of a digital database.

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