]François Janvier, Bernard Prud’homme, Trésors de Meuse, published by Serge Domini, Conseil Général de la Meuse, 2012. ISBN : 978-2-35475-059-6 et 978-2-35475-057-2, Hardback: €35, paperback: €25.

 

The Meuse department owns some 2,500 objects protected under Historic Monuments status. These include civil, religious and funerary heritage, furnishings, objets d’art, military artefacts, scientific objects, paintings, sculptures, musical instruments, ivories, embroideries, stained glass windows, gold and silverware and ironwork. Not exhibited in museums, these items are by and large unknown to the general public, as they are stowed carefully away in safes or exhibited in churches and other public buildings, such as cemeteries, hospitals and town halls.

Both authors, who are curators of antiquities and objets d’art, appointed by the State for the department of Meuse, are keen to safeguard and enrich this unique heritage. The treasures revealed in this book are the result of a carefully selected collection with regard to both space and time. The oldest dates back to the 12th century, while the most recent hails from the 20th century.