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By Asprey (English, Founded 1781)
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This precious item is a naturalistic model by the celebrated English jewellers Asprey. The model depicts a pair of butterflies perched atop a leafy spray above a rocky outcrop. Each butterfly is crafted from gold with plique-à-jour enamel wings—one butterfly with brown tinted enamel, and the other with blue. The brown winged butterfly has a body studded with diamonds, while the blue winged one is of emeralds. The leafy spray upon which the butterflies perch is of gold, and the rocky outcrop is a natural specimen of amethyst. The base, of yellow and brown agate, resembles the cut profile of a tree trunk.
The model is contained and secured within a fitted case that is marked to the inside with an award label (see Provenance below).
Ornament: Height 14cm, width 16cm, depth 14cm
Box: Height 19cm width 28cm, depth 26cm
Exhibited at Goldsmith's Hall in 1979, winning 1st prize of the Collingwood Award for enamelling.
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