Offering this Sterling Silver Victorian Dragonfly with a blue enamel body and Plique-a-Jour* translucent enamel wings. The tiny eyes are red cabochon rubies. The enamel detailing on the thorax is a darker blue.
All the Plique-a-Jour detailing is in wonderful condition. There are no repairs to the piece. The middle four legs as seen from underneath articulate along with the wings to attach to your garment. All enamel detailing is present on this piece. The dragonfly weighs 9.9 grams and measures two inches long.
This is a wonderful example of Plique work from the Victorian period.
*Plique-a-Jour is a style of enameling in which usually transparent enamels are fused into the openings of a metal filigree to produce an effect suggestive of stained glass. The words are French for "letting in daylight". The technique is not often used because it is very challenging technically: high time consumption with a high failure rate. The technique was originally developed in the Byzantine Empire in 6th century AD. Plique-a-Jour pieces of jewelry were made by master enamelers.