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