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Engraving

Engraving is an intricate decorative art technique that involves carving designs onto a surface, such as silver or glass, to create intricate patterns and images. This technique has been used for centuries in various forms of art, including prints and other decorative arts.

During the 18th century, engraving became increasingly popular. Skilled engravers were highly sought after for their ability to create intricate designs that added sophistication to everyday objects. Silverware, in particular, was a popular medium for engraving, with intricate patterns and designs often adorning tea sets and other household items. Brass clock faces, wootz steel blades, vases, and tribal objects were all engraved with great artistry.

Copper wheel engraving on glass was also a popular technique during this time period. Dutch glass engravers, for instance, used specialised lathes to carve intricate designs onto the surface of slender drinking glasses, while the Venetians engraved figures of classical gods on mirror plates, creating stunning pieces of art that were both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

The art of engraving has played a significant role in the decorative arts for centuries and continues to be a highly valued technique today. Skilled engravers are still in demand, and their work can be found on a wide range of objects, from brass, steel, silverware to glass and fine art prints.

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