Battersea - (Enamel England) Glossary of Antique Terms B

Battersea - (Enamel, England) Painted enamel, the product of a factory set up about 1753 by Stephen Theodore Janssen at York House, Battersea, London. Janssen went bankrupt and the concern was offered for sale in 1756. Objects decorated in this manufacture had a copper base which was coated with tin enamel on which decorative detail was painted or, more usually, transfer-printed. Robert Hancock worked at this factory. Snuff boxes, watch cases, wine labels, are typical. Battersea are the most esteemed of English painted enamels.


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