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Description Plique-à-jour enamel allows light to pass through, like a stained glass window in miniature. This is the most challenging type of enamel technique. A thin support of copper or mica serves as a temporary surface for the placement of metal wires to create compartments to hold the enamel. Once the piece is fired, the backing is rubbed away or dissolved using acid, leaving a structure like a colorful dragonfly’s wing. An alternative method uses capillary action to hold the enamel in place during firing, so no backing is used.
Exhibitions
  • Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire's Legacy . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2017-2018.
Provenance Private Collection, Maryland; given to Walters Art Museum, 1991.
Inscriptions [Hallmark] HK; [Mark] Saint George and Dragon; [Mark] Imperial Eagle; [Number] 88; [Number] 84; [Initials] B. C.
Credit Anonymous gift, 1991

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Creators
Period
19th century
Medium
gilded silver and plique-à-jour enamel
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.2202
Measurements
Overall H: 5 3/16 x W: 6 1/2 in. (13.2 x 16.5 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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