Cheaper materials such as silvered metal and pewter were used to make table centrepieces, claret jugs, tazzas
, mirrors, goblets and candlesticks, all of which have a predictable flavour about them.
Thereafter a number of talented enamellers (including Leonard Limosin, Pierre Reymond, Jean de Court [also known as Jean Court dit Vigier] and Suzanne de Court) developed techniques for enamelling plates, ewers, and tazzas
, with scenes that were as often drawn from mythology and ancient history as from Christian texts.
He told me: "Each new piece started, especially the bowls and tazzas
, takes a significant amount of time to finish and perhaps only two or three out of five come to fruition."
The range that Toff shows in his gallery is varied, from fish-stemmed candlesticks, large bowls for punch and stem tazzas
with moulded fish around the rim.
Savoury and sweet jellies were popular delicacies in the 18th and 19th centuries and were served in small glasses like these, often arranged on pyramids of glass stands or tazzas
In addition to the Versace there's reproduction tazzas
, classical busts, facsimile statues, reproduction models of seated lions, a three-inch telescope, still-life paintings, table candlesticks and various modern reproduction pictures...
Zilkha's interest in collecting has more recently resulted in his appointment as a Trustee of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and his gift of a pair of late 16th-century French silver-gilt tazzas
demonstrates his commitment and generosity to that museum.
Then there were the paintings, the marvellous furniture, the glass, the lacquered cabinets, the hard stone inlaid caskets, the rock crystal bowls, the malachite tazzas
and the renaissance jewel encrusted covered goblets.
These glass tazzas
became extremely popular in the 18th Century and are equally so today.
Soon no lady of leisure was without her glass patch stand on her dressing table - they look like miniature tazzas
or cake stands - and a patch box to carry them outdoors for spares and running repairs should the need arise.
The autograph production of the great baroque goldsmith, Hanspeter Oeri of Zurich, for example, was represented previously by a single minor piece, but can now be studied through four highly important objects, two beautifully modelled figures of walking horses and a pair of tazzas
with embossed decoration of outstanding quality.
But the gold ikons, bracelets, pectoral crosses, enamelled dishes and tazzas
shown in Kremlin Gold 1000 years of Russian Jewels and Gems (Abrams, pounds 32.00) include a priceless ikon cover encrusted with pearls and sapphires, a mitre festooned with pearls and gold, and two Imperial Easter eggs from the Faberge workshops.