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À la Mercure

 À la mercure is a French term to describe fire gilding through the use of a mercury/gold amalgam. The pure gold forms an amalgam with the mercury and is “painted” on an object, after which the item is fired with an open flame or in a furnace, vaporizing...

Addorsed

 From the French adosse, to lean, addorsed is a term that is applied to a motif with animals or objects placed back to back. Often observed in heraldic designs where lions, lambs or other animals are placed back to back for visual effect. Signatures...

Alloy

 Two or more elemental metals mixed to form a homogeneous mass are an alloy. Sometimes metals are alloyed with a non-metal such as carbon. The newly formed metal is usually harder, more durable, a different color and less malleable than the original...