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André Fernand Thesmar Plique-à-Jour Enamel and Gold "Petite Coupe Sur Talon" Bowl


This small bowl, or "Petite Coupe Sur Talon," by André Fernand Thesmar is detailed in floral enamelwork and glimmering yellow gold. The delicate flower motifs of mountain blue violets that adorn this small bowl appear to float due to the expert use of plique-à-jour enameling, with light shining through it like stained glass. Thesmar's ability to create such an exceptional piece in gold and enamel shows a combination of artistry and technical genius that is very rare to come by.


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Item #: G-16716
Artist: André Fernand Thesmar
Circa: 1907
Dimensions: 0.875" height, 2.75" diameter
Materials: 18K Gold, Plique-à-jour enamel
Signed: Monogram with "1906, 37"
Condition: Coupe with approximately 5 hairlines to the enamel, typical for an artwork by Thesmar, as seen in product photos
Exhibition History: Similar "Coupe Sur Talon" is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 

André Fernand Thesmar was a French enameler, credited with bringing soft-paste porcelain back into style, alongside sections with gold foil backings, in the 20th century. He also used the method of plique-à-jour, including works that were often inspired by Japanese and Chinese enameling, similar to this small bowl.