Plique à jour enameling is a very challenging. technique. It consists in using transparent enamel, reminiscent of stained glass windows and fusing them together with metal. The technique demands much time, and the rate of failure is extremely high. Thus, the special training and craftsmanship it requires makes these pieces very rare and valuable.
Midwest Art Objects is pleased to present this massive brooch. The metal used to fuse the various pieces of enamel plique à jour together to form the flower is 18K solid gold while the pistil is made out of little ruby beads blending together in a wonderful red mass. The rest of the brooch is crafted in 18 carat solid gold. Just amazing!
Unlike many plique à jour pieces we have come across, this one has no enamel missing. Keeping this gorgeous brooch free from any damage to the enamel or beads is quite an accomplishment!
This is a very wearable piece of art. It features a clip like double pin with a push/pull closure and on which the French eagle head assay mark is visible. It would also make an uplifting subject of conversation.
Material: 18K solid gold, enamel plique à jour
Size: 65mm x 43mm (2 5/8" x 1 3/4")
Period: Art Nouveau
Style: brooch, clip-on, pin
Provenance: a French estate
condition: excellent, minor wear
additional remarks: stamped with the French eagle head assay mark
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Genuine Art Nouveau large plique à jour enamel brooch in 18K solid gold Stamped French estate