Artwork of the Week: July 24

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Marius Hammer (Norwegian, 1847–1927), Vase. Silver filigree; gilded, enamel, plique-a-jour technique, about 1900–1910. H. 8 ½ in. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 2006.16. Glass Pavilion, Gallery 3

Marius Hammer (Norwegian, 1847–1927), Vase. Silver filigree; gilded, enamel, plique-a-jour technique, about 1900–1910. H. 8 ½ in. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 2006.16. Glass Pavilion, Gallery 3

The vase from the firm of Norwegian silversmith and jeweler Marius Hammer elegantly expresses Scandinavian Art Nouveau design and represents a rare example of one of Hammer’s three-dimensional plique-à-jour pieces in an American public collection. French for “braid letting in daylight,” plique-à-jour looks like miniature stained glass. It is a technical tour de force that requires glass enamels to be suspended within a filigree framework of gold or silver without a metal backing. The entire process requires great delicacy, skill, and expertise.


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