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email fish in the email sea

Reading through some of Ezra Pound's early poems, and surprised at how bad most of them were, I came across this stanza (one of the better ones):

There are there many rooms and all of gold,
Of woven walls deep patterned, of email,
Of beaten work; and through the claret stone,
Set to some weaving, comes the aureate light.

Which meant that the Ezra Pound in my head started reading in a Strong Bad voice. But the OED says:

email: [Fr., = enamel.] Used attrib. in email ink, ink used on glass, porcelain, etc.; email ombrant Pottery, a process in which the impressions of the design appear as shadows (see quots. a1877 and 1957).

a1877 KNIGHTDict. Mech. I. 796/1 Email-ombrant, a process which consists in flooding colored but transparent glasses over designs stamped in the body of earthenware or porcelain. 1880 C. A. JANVIER Pract. Keramics viii. 95 In these the pattern is..exactly the opposite of the émaux ombrants. a1884 KNIGHT Dict. Mech. Suppl., Email ink... Colored inks—black, white, red, blue—used with a quill on glass, porcelain, ivory, marble, bone, mother of pearl, or metal. 1957 MANKOWITZ & HAGGAR Encycl. Eng. Pott. & Porc. 83/2 Email ombrant, an illusionist style of decoration like lithophane but the intaglio decoration was filled with coloured glaze (usually green) which produced a monochrome picture in a variety of tones. Developed at the Rubenes [sic = Rubelles] factory by Baron A. du Tremblay in the 1840's.

I'll be in Wisconsin until Tuesday [dairy joke].

 

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