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Beautiful Early Victorian Plique-a-Jour Cloisonne Candle Cover
A large, gorgeous piece in surprisingly excellent condition, this is an early example of the super fine, top quality Plique-A-Jour work being exported from Asia to the west during the height of Victorian Orientalism. A truly victorian instrument, the "candle cover" was a popular gift item or house warming present among the upper classes. Preserved for well over a century, this piece is not in 'perfect' condition, but stands as a fabulous example of the beauty of these gorgeous pieces. The Plique-A-Jour technique, beautifully rendered here, functions as a small but much more delicate stained glass candle cover would; as the light filters through, it casts hundreds of little shadows upon the wall all in the brilliant different colors of the durable pieces of enamel glass used.
This candle cover has three designs of pink flowers blooming from yellow and green vases, with extending yellow branches that give way to many green leaves. The design is beautiful and delicate, and has minor variations from side to side.
Condition: The condition should be considered very good for so delicate a piece with so long a lifetime. There are minor hairlines throughout the piece and three missing pieces of glass. A few other small fractures are visible, but the piece is in overall in very good shape, with no structural damage.
Dimensions: 4" Height 3" Diameter