A Plique-a-Jour dragonfly pendant
A fabulous Plique-a-Jour pendant in the shape of a dragonfly, 60mm wide, height 50mm. Enamelled throughout with a small ruby at each wing tip. Connected to a floral bale, this set with marcasites.
Stamped 925, sterling silver, attached to a 19" neck chain (48cm) weight 14.7grams. Excellent condition
The Dictionary of Enamelling by Erika Speel defines Plique-a-Jour as "Translucent or Opalescent Enamels fused to span across a network of cells formed with gold, silver, silvered copper, or copper, without a backing under the glazed areas. The fused enamel is an integral part of the finished surface, with the glaze forming a shell veined with metal outlines. Plique-a-jour is seen to best effect when lit strongly from the back.
She also states "Plique-a-jour has been in fashion since the late 19th century for jewellery and small decorative articles. Therefore the worth of these pieces resides in the inspirational designs and high quality of craftsmanship rather than in the intrinsic value of the metal base."
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