The name comes from the Italian term smaltere (to melt). Similar to Egyptian blue in formulation, smalt’s colour comes however from the replacement of cobalt for the copper. In use in Europe from at least the 15th century.
Langridge, since its establishment, has supplied artists with highest specification pigments sourced from around the world. Every colour is verified for its origin and identified for its chemical characteristics to provide the artist with a range of pigments noted for their quality of grade and fineness, ensuring the maximum benefit in tone and chroma. All colours are pure single pigment types with no blending of multiple pigments. As colourmen, Langridge supplies traditional earths and historical colours from original sources as well as constantly researching and selecting modern pigments to satisfy artist demand for new colours of vibrancy and intensity.