Kingfisher Feather Flower Buckle Ornament, Tian-Tsui

  • $324.00
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Wow. Best buckle ever, perhaps? With the elegant asymmetrical flower filled with electric iridescent blue kingfisher feathers my vote is yes. It is unmarked on the back, but we believe it's sterling silver. It has a small amount of feather loss, please see photos for detail.

Measurements: 2.25" x 1.15" (5.75x3cm)

Tian-tsui means “dotting with kingfishers." This type of jewelry employs a cloisonné type of technique, they would create the outline in metal and then cut these tiny iridescent feathers and set them in the outlines made with the metal. This delicate, time-consuming process meant that this type of jewelry was generally only made for the ultra-elite, and rarely for export. These were made up until the 1940s when kingfishers nearly went extinct.

These will be secured to the bottom of a small box so the surfaces with the feathers do not touch anything. This box will be wrapped with lots of bubble wrap and set inside a bigger box so that no movement will occur during transport.





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