Diderot on Enamel Work.
DIDEROT, Denis. Émailleur à la Lampe, et Peinture en Email (Heat Lamp Enammeler and Enamel Painting) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 4 Paris (1765)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 1 page of descriptive text & 5 loose plates with their accompanying text sheet from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 5 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Émailleur from volume IV of plates. The plates are numbered 1-3 and 1-2. Plate one is on the subject of Émailleur à la lampe. Plates 2 and 3 are on Perles fausses. The two other plates are on Peinture en Émail. A small 1 inch tear to top left corner of plate 3, causing some small loss.
1 page (545) from volume V of the Encyclopédie (1755) with the main entry for Émailleur
With some browning to a few leaves.
This suite of plates, the work of Louis-Jacques Goussier, was designed as a useful guide to learning the art of enamelling. Goussier accompanied Diderot on many visits to ateliers and workshops, gaining a knowledge of almost all of the crafts he wrote on and produced plates for. A number of workshop scenes help to enliven the plates, which describe many aspects of the artisans' work, including the production of false pearls.