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Plique-a-jour Floral Enamel Button



Plique-a-jour floral enamel button. Circa 1920

The button features a delicate plique-à-jour enamel design with a predominantly purple background composed of small, rounded cells that suggest a floral motif. The gilt metal filigree outlines each cell, adding rich texture and a luxurious feel. Within this purple background are green enamelled leaves that appear gently undulating, connected by thin, gilt metal filigree stems. Towards the bottom, a blue enamelled flower with gilt metal detailing stands out as a focal point. The overall effect is ornate and reminiscent of the Art Nouveau style, known for its organic shapes and intricate detailing.

The French technique of enamelling plique-a-jour originated in the Art Nouveau period. The metal filigree frame is filled with a combination of colourful transparent enamel with no backing, allowing light to pass through the frame.

Condition Report: Good with minimal wear, consistent with age and use.

Dimensions: Weight 0.015gm, Length 4cm, Width 3cm