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Enamels of the World
The Khalili Collections partnership got its first Good Article this month- Khalili Collection of Japanese Art passed GA and is the first article about a private collection to get this status. The biography of Basque metalworker Plácido Zuloaga has been put up for GA review. We also had our first Featured Picture of the Day on English Wikipedia: A Composite Imaginary Landscape of Japan was on the front page on 1 November.
The Khalili Collections have shared catalogue data and high-resolution images relating to 400 items from six of the eight Khalili Collections. This is the first installment in a set that will eventually reach about 1,000. A few dozen images are of objects too recent to be eligible for Commons, a few are duplicates of those already uploaded, and some are higher-resolution versions. For example, this image has gone from half a megapixel to about 10 megapixels. I am working through the set creating data sets on Wikidata and then bulk uploads with Pattypan. Categorising the images on Commons is the last step: a complex one since some of the collections are very diverse in terms of the objects and artists included. Help is appreciated! The first image set is from the Khalili Collection of Enamels of the World and includes 104 enamels from China, Japan, Russia, Europe, Iran, India and Turkey. 110 items have been created on Wikidata to cover these objects and some that are too recent for their image to be hosted on Commons. The article about the enamels collection passed Did You Know review: the 12th DYK'ed article to come out of this project. While writing this article, I also expanded the vitreous enamel article with a section on Japanese enamels.
Adding the catalogue data to Wikidata has enabled queries including this Histropedia timeline and this map of origin of the enamels.
Garniture from a Vanderbilt house in New York. Made in Paris, circa 1880
Dish presented to Émile Loubet by the residents of Tsarskoye Selo, 1902
Hookah cup, Iran, circa 1860
Cabinet holding 32 enamel panels, Tokyo, circa 1895
Panel from a set of eight bearing poems by Yu Minzhong