An Austro-hungarian Plique-a-jour Butterfly Brooch
An Austro-Hungarian enamel, diamond and ruby butterfly brooch, the thorax bearing a round cabochon ruby, with rose-cut diamond encrusted abdomen, with blue plique-a-jour enamel wings, all mounted in silver and yellow gold, with gold brooch fitting, measuring approximately 4.2 x 2.7cm, bearing 14ct gold hallmarks, Vienna, circa 1890, gross weight 6.4 grams. This brooch is in good condition, signs of historical restoration of enamel to upper left hand wing , unmarked tested as 14ct gold.
An exquisite and delicate butterfly brooch, made in Vienna in around 1890. The wings on this butterfly are made using the technique of plique-a-jour or “letting in the daylight”. This technique essentially uses enamel as a form of stained glass, giving the wings on this butterfly brooch a wonderful transparency. The blue of the wings is beautifully complimented by the central cabochon ruby set into the thorax of the butterfly. This wonderfully detailed piece is an example of exquisite late nineteenth century craftsmanship.
Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.