Kingfisher Feather Adornment with Seed Beads and Pink Cabochon

  • $320.00
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How gorgeous is this little chrysanthemum ornament! I love the contrast of this tourmaline-colored glass cabochon in the center with the electric blue iridescence of the kingfisher feathers. The stone is surrounded by coral-red seed beads, which is a touch I haven't seen in other tian-tsui. This piece has some feather loss as shown in photos, and it may have once had another stone in the very center.

Measurements: 1.4" x .8" (3.5x2cm)
Stone: .5" x .4" (1.3cm x 1cm)

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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