French Sterling Plique-à-Jour Dragonfly Pin A spectacular example of antique French plique-à-jour enamel, this sterling dragonfly is a showy 3 5/16” wide x 2 1/16” tall. The outstretched wings are enameled in rich hues of greens and blues, accented with paste stones, the body has a paste opal in the center and more paste stones down the tail. Finished with red paste eyes, it is marked with the French boar’s head for silver. circa.1900
René Lalique. Throughout his adolescence, Lalique was fascinated by nature, and studied flowers, plants, insects and other natural forms, and was a talented artist - he had even begun to sell paintings of flowers and insects when he was quite young.