Plique a jour, which translates from the French as “glimpse of daylight” is a method of enamelling in which the backing is removed or cut away so the light shines through, with a similar effect to a stained glass window. The enamel is held in place by border. Although the technique of plique-a-jour has been known and in use since the 6th century, it became popular again in the late 19th century, in Russia and Scandinavia. Plique-a-jour was popular in the Art Nouveau period, especially for jewellery. Because of the length of time required to produce an item, and the high failure rate, production was limited, and the technique is little used today.
A Japanese Plique A- jour bowl on a carved hardwood stand, Meiji period (1868-1912), delicately worked with yellow and white blossom on a pale green ground, silver foot and rim, unmarked, 9.5 cm diameter, 5 cm high. The stand 9 cm diameter x 2 cm high
An Art Nouveau style plique a jour necklace/brooch, the finely detailed 'Winged lady' with opaque enamel and diamond set wings, suspending an oval pearl, on a detachable trace link chain, with pin fitting to reverse, in 18ct gold with box and papers
An Art Nouveau style plique a jour necklace/brooch, the finely detailed 'Moon Goddess' in an opaque enamel and diamond set surround, suspending a Baroque silver pearl, on a detachable trace link chain, with pin fitting to reverse, in 18ct gold with box and
An Art Nouveau gem-set brooch, circa 1905, designed as a green plique a jour enamel panel of foliate motif, depicting a sculpted gold female face, accented by an old brilliant-cut diamond collet, suspending an articulated pearl pendant, mounted in 14 carat
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