Plique `a jour is a wonderful translucent/transparent enamel technique where the enamel is fired inside metal borders called cells. To relate to the concept think of that super stained glass window in your neighborhood church. The French name loosely translates to "glimpse of day" or "letting in the daylight".
Our plique and 935 silver cup tea strainer is delightful with it's mix of plique and open work cells having either a beaded or smooth rim depending on it's location in the strainer. The plique is also a mix of solid, one color cells or blended cells that contain three colors. You can find cobalt blue, medium emerald green, dark lime green, peacock blue, crimson, dark pumpkin, medium to dark lavender and icy clear thru out the strainer. The bowl of the strainer has two different patterns with a larger center pattern and a side triangular pattern that is repeated a total of three times.
The plique is in excellent condition with no missing cells or repairs noted. When inspecting with a 10 power loupe you can find cells with crazing or a couple of those tiny, approx. 1/32", surface only flakes to the enamel from use as is normal and expected. With the loupe I also found four tiny, minute spots of holes in the plique believed to be original to manufacture. We believe this due to the hole's shape and it's smooth, curved rims, IE: a clean rimed near perfect tear drop shape. The silver is also in excellent condition with no rips, dents, holes, nasty scratches, abrasions or repairs. The vermeil (a form of gold plating) is excellent minus with the interior bowl having a extremely faint un-even tone of color.
Scheid (1837-1921), was born in Germany and became a very well known, quality item, Austrian silversmith who did fabulous work and is famous for his enamel, plique and niello items. The backside of the strainer's bowl contains his "GAS" mark as well as a "935" silver mark. The strainer stands approx. 7/8" tall with a top bowl dia. of 2". The plique border measures approx. 5/8" wide on the circle pattern and 1/2" on the multiple arch pattern. This makes the total top dia. across widest point of the strainer 3 1/4".
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