Other industries include bleaching, silk-weaving, fire-clay and enamelling works, and a sanitary appliances factory.
All this while, the minor arts of enamelling, miniature, glass-painting, goldsmith's work, jewellery, engraving, tapestry, wood-carving, pottery, &c., were cultivated with a spontaneity and freedom which proved that France, in the middle point between Flanders and Italy, was able to use both influences without a sacrifice of native taste.
New contrasts are formed by the juxtaposition of differently toned metals; or these with an inlay of haliotis shell, introduced by Alfred Gilbert; or of coloured wax, favoured by Onslow Ford; or enamelling, perfected by Professor von Herkomer; or stained ivory, pearls, or semi-precious stones.
High; the ground is white, and the enamelling is blue, white and gold.
No enamelling was ever done by Egyptians, and the few rare examples are all of Roman age due to foreign work.