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.
- 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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