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champlevé

[shahn-luh-vey]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to an enamel piece or enameling technique in which enamel is fused onto the incised or hollowed areas of a metal base.
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noun, plural champ·le·vés [shahn-luh-vey, -veyz] /ʃɑ̃ ləˈveɪ, -ˈveɪz/.
  1. an enamel piece made by the champlevé method.
  2. the technique used to produce champlevé enamels.
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Origin of champlevé

1855–60; < French, past participle of champlever to lift (i.e., take out) a field (i.e., a flat part), make hollow places on the ground to be engraved; see camp1, lever
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Historical Examples

  • Give illustration and requirements of a good design in champleve enamel.

    Industrial Arts Design

    William H. Varnum

  • As one of the more common processes, let us consider the application of enamel to copper in the form of champleve enrichment.

    Industrial Arts Design

    William H. Varnum


British Dictionary definitions for champleve

champlevé

adjective
  1. of or relating to a process of enamelling by which grooves are cut into a metal base and filled with enamel colours
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noun
  1. an object enamelled by this process
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Word Origin

C19: from champ field (level surface) + levé raised
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