Kjaerland was a well-known Norwegian silversmith and enamelist from the turn-of-the-century. He was out of business by about 1920. This beautiful multicolored Plique a Jour butterfly is a wonderful example of his work.
The plique is in excellent condition with no missing cells. With close inspection with a 10 power loupe you can find a few spots of crazing as can be normal due to age. The plique is comprised of a wonderful mix of colors of orange, yellow, emerald, cobalt blue and a beautiful turquoise.
The silver is in excellent plus condition with no rips, dents, holes, deep scratches or repairs. Note the fine mil-grain like surface to the antennas as well as the rims to the plique enamel cells. The pin hinge, pin stick & the C clasp are all original & in smooth working order. The pin stick is straight with a good point. Attached to the pin hinge is a safety chain - it is unknown if this is original or a later addition. The vermeil (a form of gold plate on silver) is in excellent plus condition. It is even toned and bright without being gaudy.
The marks are on the backside of the body as seen in photo. The butterfly measures 2 3/16" wide X 1 7/8" tall. A super addition to a butterfly jewelry collection & a pin that any woman would enjoy wearing.
Item ID: 909
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