Vintage Silver Vermeil Filigree Plique A Jour Butterfly Figural Brooch
Vintage Silver Vermeil Filigree Plique A Jour Butterfly Figural Brooch Pin is simply magnificent in every way. To more closely inspect photos, simply click on the binocular icon on the top right corner of any photo.
Mint condition, the brooch measures 2" tall and 2 7/8" wide.
Through research I found the following, "Filigree is an ancient art form of making jewelry which requires excellent soldering skills and a lot of patience. Twisted and formed to resemble lace, it is an openwork design using a mix of gold, silver or other metal threads. Originally this lacing of metal was used to decorate personal ornaments including crosses, royal crowns, manuscript covers etc. The history of filigree can be found in several ancient civilizations from Egyptian to Persian, to the Greek, Early Renaissance, Romanticism and Art Nouveau eras.
It's exquisiteness, unique artistic elegance, personal expression, and Haute Couture exclusiveness of filigree remain admired today, with many artifacts stored all around the world, including Vatican Museum in Venice, the Louvre in Paris, the British Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Additional research yielded the following as well, "Filigree jewelry is a time honored metal smith technique popular in the country of Kosovo where it holds special importance in traditional wedding ceremonies.
Making the jewelry is a delicate process of fitting small, ornamental wire shapes into a framed space. All Kosovar filigree adornments are constructed of four shapes that have unique Albanian names: lacra (no translation), chorre (blind eye), zog (bird), and lule (flower). The shapes are made from two pieces of wire that have been twisted together and flattened into a filament which is no thicker than a sheet of paper. A filigree artisan will spend hours curling this fine wire into shapes and fitting them into place. The final step is to cover the entire piece in a blanket of solder dust and fire each individual element into one piece. The resulting adornment has a deceivingly strong, lace-like effect with a quality of openwork that is characteristic of filigree."
This comes from a dear friend and a truly exceptional lady. While having an antique shop, she has collected various antiques and unsigned and signed designer pieces for the last 40 years and has an incredibly discerning eye for quality as well as uniqueness. The extensive nature of her collection has meant that she has not worn most pieces more than once.
It is my distinct pleasure that she has chosen to pass her extensive collection on to me and I will be keeping some special pieces for myself. I will also be offering some for sale and please know that with each piece comes a wonderful legacy of a very special lady that makes this jewelry all the more special.
Her collection includes some of the most desirable designers; Boucher, Carnegie, Ciner, DeLizza and Elster (aka Juliana), Eisenberg, Haskell, Hobe, Lane, Philippe for Trifari, Schreiner, Schiaiparelli, Vendome, and Weiss as well as Coro, Coventry, Kramer, Krementz, Lisner, and Trifari.
Numerous pieces are book pieces and many had matching pieces so many demi-parures are available. I acquired so much of this jewelry that I will be working on offering it in the store for years to come.
There are additional antique and vintage jewelry pieces in the various Studio Categories and other collectibles, books, art, glass, china, kitchen, home decor, and retro pieces in the store.
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Vintage Origin Details
Filigree Plique A Jour
Country of Origin
Enameled Filigree Metal
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The doll I received isn't the one from the picture. Only one flower on her hat and missing tags. For $100 I expect what I paid for. I am incredibly dissapointed and will not shop with seller again.
Received item exactly as described. Very happy with my purchase, thanks.
What a great seller. Took extra photos for me and emailed them. Very easy to communicate with, and I got exactly what I expected-a beautiful vintage dress for my son's wedding, that was in excellent condition.
Very special gift for myself
Received items exactly as described. Very happy with my purchase, thanks.