Plique-a-jour Floral Enamel Button
Plique-a-jour floral enamel button. Circa 1920
The button shows the plique-à-jour technique with a vibrant blue background, which is segmented into large rounded cells outlined in gilt metal filigree, suggesting a scalloped design. Overlaid on this blue background is a green and pink flower with golden outlines, its petals arranged in a symmetrical fashion. The leaves, enamelled in various shades of green, give the piece a sense of depth and natural beauty. The gilt metal filigree not only defines each segment of colour but also contributes to the overall elegance of the design.
The French technique of enamelling plique-a-jour originated in the Art Nouveau period. The gilt 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 4cm