Today I am selling a fabulous plique a jour enamel dragonfly brooch in the style of Meyle and Mayer. Plique a jour means 'letting in daylight' in French, and is a very delicate enamel technique that reminds one of stained glass. This particular Art Nouveau brooch is shaped like a dragonfly with the double set of wings done in plique a jour enamel that fades from dark green to a greenish yellow at the tips. The head features two bezel set ruby red glass eyes and is framed by a small set of legs. The thorax and the segmented abdomen are enameled in aqua blue while a longer set of legs criss-cross over the abdomen. silver body is etched for texture. It is stamped '900' on the back for 900 silver. The pin is tight and stays securely in the C clasp.
CONDITION: Very good for its age. The main issue is that the enamel on the thorax is gone except for around the edges. There are cracks to the plique a jour enameling on the wings, mostly in the two cells on either side of the thorax (see photo #3). The glass eyes have no chips or cracks that I can see. The 900 silver has darkened almost to black.
CIRCA: 1890s to 1900s
MEASUREMENTS: a little over 1 9/16 inches from wing tip to wing tip and 1 11/16 inches long