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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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

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!
Louise