Plique-à-Jour peonies letting in daylight

Art Nouveau Dish with Stem, 1904-05;  enamel, plique-à-jour enamel, silver, gilded silver.  Gustav Gaudernack, Bohemian, 1865-1914. 

 

‘Plique-à-jour’, the French for letting in daylight, being a technique in which tiny pieces of transparent and translucent enamel are held without backing in a metal cell framework so as to let light pass through them.  A demanding and time-consuming skill with a high rate of failure.  And exquisite results when successful.

Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

 

 

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Peonies, Winterthur May 22 2015-04

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Peonies, Winterthur, May 2014-20

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Peonies at Winterthur-05

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Peonies at Winterthur, Delaware, 2014-2017; and every May.

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