Learn about Plique-A-Jour

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.
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A silver Plique a jour butterfly brooch, set with cabochon rubelite and round brilliant cut diamonds on enamelled wings, width 50mm.

A silver plique a jour necklace, Art Nouveau design set with opal, ruby, coloured enamel and freshwater pearl drop, length 43 cm + 8.5 cm drop.

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

A Plique a jour butterfly brooch, silver brooch set with a sapphire and marcasites, pendant loop attached, 57 x 45mm.

A Plique a jour and pearl pendant necklace, Nouveau style suspending a cultured freshwater pearl, pendant length 70mm. Length 45 cm.

A pair of plique a jour and gemset butterfly earrings, set with cultured freshwater pearls, round brilliant cut diamond eyes, enamelled wings, in silver with stud fittings

Three Chinese Plique a jour items. Two cups and one bowl. Floral decoration to each. Height 4.5 cm (cups) Dia10 cm (bowl)

A Japanese Plique-a-jour cloisonne vase with, carved stand. Depicting bird amongst foliage, signed mark to base, note: AF damage to upper rim. Height 15 cm (without stand)

A George V silver plique-à-jour dressing table box, oval shape, the hinged lid inset with tortoiseshell, inlaid with a fine silver cartouche, raised on four scroll feet. Birmingham 1926. Width 7 cm

A George V plique-à-jour dressing table box of kidney shape, the tortoiseshell inset lid inlaid with a silver rondel, swags and ribbons opening to reveal a blue velvet lined interior, the box raised on four cast scroll feet. London 1913 by William Comyns &

Chinese plique-a-jour pierced cloisonne lidded jar and stand

A Plique a Joure enamel silver butterfly brooch, set with 7 round brilliant cut diamonds and 2 cultured pearls. Width 52mm

Austrian silver gilt snuff box large oval moss agate centre and floral plique-a-jour surround and green cloisonne enamel sides, C:1920

A sterling silver Plique a jour enamel dragonfly brooch, set with cabochon amethysts and round brilliant cut diamonds. Dimensions 67 x 47mm.

A Plique a jour diamond and pearl butterfly brooch, featuring 7 round brilliant cut diamonds set in silver. Width 50mm.

A Plique a jour enamel silver dragonfly brooch, set with amethyst and round brilliant cut diamonds, 50 x 70mm.

Marius Hammer silver and Plique-a-jour Viking Longship open salt, c. 1900 stamped '830s' and with maker's mark, minor crack to plique-a-jour. Height 8 cm length 16 cm

Vintage Egyptian silver plique-à-jour enamel spoon 15 cm long, and 2 similar mechanical pencils

A pair of plique a jour and gem set butterfly earrings; set in silver with round brilliant cut diamonds and freshwater pearls

Art Nouveau style Plique a jour dragonfly brooch; set in silver with amethysts and round brilliant cut diamonds. Length 50mm.

An Art Nouveau enamel, diamond and ruby bat brooch, circa 1900, the body of the bat set throughout with old-cut diamonds, accented by a circular-shaped ruby eye, to the out-stretched pale blue plique-a-jour enamel wings, mounted in gold, width 4.0cm

An Art Nouveau gold and diamond-set bat brooch and a paste, enamel and pearl bat pendant, circa 1900, the brooch, sculpted as a textured gold bat with out-stretched wings and rose-cut diamond eyes, together with a pendant, designed as a bat with green pliq

A continental silver gilt plique-a-jour and guilloche enamel cup, saucer and tea spoon, possibly French or Russian, late 19th/early 20th century, 5.5 cm high

A Plique a jour butterfly brooch; set with cabochon tourmalines and round brilliant cut diamond eyes in silver. Width 48mm.

A Japanese plique-a-jour bud vase with flowers. Height 8.5 cm.

A plique a jour silver brooch; fashioned as a cicada featuring coloured enamel and set with citrine and round brilliant cut diamond eyes. Width 77mm. Wt. 13g.

Art Nouveau plique-a-jour enamel mistletoe brooch with pearl and diamond, circa 1890

A Chinese plique a jour bowl 20th century 5 cm high x 8 diameter

A Plique a jour silver butterfly brooch; set with amethysts, blue topaz and a faux pearl. Length 95mm. Weight 22.4g

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

A Plique a jour silver butterfly brooch; set with cabochon sapphires and two round brilliant cut diamonds. Dimensions 70 x 40mm. Weight 15g

A Plique a jour silver butterfly brooch; set with cabochon amethysts and two round brilliant cut diamonds. Weight 7.4gm. Length 50mm

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

An important gold, ivory, plique-a-jour enamel, diamond and sapphire pendant attributed to Lluis Masriera, Barcelona, circa 1910, 7 cm high, 4 cm wide

A Plique a jour brooch, the oval brooch set with floral motifs with fine coloured enamel detail, in 18ct gold, with original fitted box.

A silver Plique a jour butterfly brooch; set with round brilliant cut diamonds, cabochon moonstones and a sapphire.50 x 45mm. Wt. 7.9gm.

A Plique a jour silver brooch; 70 x 45mm butterfly brooch set with two round brilliant cut diamonds and five cabochon blue topaz. Wt. 12.4gm.

A Plique a jour gem set butterfly brooch; featuring green and white enamel and set withpink cabochon tourmalines and two round brilliant cut diamonds in silver.

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