Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Rare and Hard to Find Plique-à-jour Buttons "Letting in Daylight"

These are now being sold for The Legacy at;
Updated on 1/7/2018
Hi everyone!
Here are a few pictures of some amazing buttons that have come into the Legacy over the last few years. These are very rare plique-à-jour buttons. What a treat for button collectors and amateurs like myself! It is hard to find examples on line and now we have a set in two sizes.
 To quote Wikipedia;
"Plique-à-jour (French for "letting in daylight") is a vitreous enamelling technique where the enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing in the final product, so light can shine through the transparent or translucent enamel. It is in effect a miniature version of stained-glass and is considered very challenging technically: high time consumption (up to 4 months per item), with a high failure rate. The technique is similar to that of cloisonné, but using a temporary backing that after firing is dissolved by acid or rubbed away.[1]"
If any button collectors have information about these rare buttons please let me know. We really need help establishing a value.
Hope you enjoy these little gems.
 I am going to post more button pictures in the coming weeks.
Much love to all of you!


marda said...

What beautiful buttons. Never seen these before anywhere. Aren't you lucky?

bumble button said...

Hi Marda, How nice to see your name! The buttons belong to the Legacy thrift store and will hopefully be sold soon. Until they find a new home I can enjoy them. Hope you are doing well.Louise

Laura Morrigan said...


Chris the ButtonLady said...

Special buttons. As I also work in a senior center, that the funds will support such a dignified cause is even more special. Too modest to ask, but these should go into serious collections, or at least if bought for jewelry, to a jeweler who uses "no harm methods" to mount and preserve the original shanks.

Linda said...

The buttons are beautiful!

Unknown said...

I must say it is very beautiful button. Your blog is really nice. I love to read your blog

Unknown said...

I have some small buttons on a very old and tattered original card, they are from Czecho. They look like Plique a Jour but there is no metal to them, they are all glass. They are only about 3/8 inches wide at the widest and have raised areas of rose red and black glass beading on black glass with glass shanks. I have read that many times the metal is melted away leaving only the glass on Plique a Jour. I would be glad to send a picture to you if that would help.
Love the buttons in this article, thank you for sharing them. ---Sandra