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ca. 1969 Margret Craver Born: Pratt, Kansas 1907 Died: Cambridge, Massachusetts 2010 gold and enamel en resille 3/8 x 2 1/8 in. (1.0 x 5.5 cm.) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Josephine Withers 1988.14 Not currently on view


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This type of enameling began around 1623 in France and was popular for only a decade. The full name, émail en résille sur verre, means "enamel in a network on glass," and the technique creates a floating transparency in the colors of this necklace. Margret Craver cut paper-thin slivers of metal, coated them with enamel, and then fused them to the bottom layer of glass. The sides of the gold setting are also open, allowing more light to reflect off the enamel work from nearly every angle. Craver first saw an example of en résille in 1953 and spent thirteen years perfecting the technique.

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decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

enamel

metal - gold