Posted 7 years ago
This is a small (3.5 x 2.3 cm) Antique Chinese Kingfisher feathers brooch. There are beautiful colors including some with flowers and leaves. On the back is a mark which include the initials: K L S.
Thanks to KYRATANGO I know now that this kind of jewelry was made of Kingfishers feather pieces glued as cloisonné like onto gilt silver.
The art of feather inlay required a base and frame to contain it; since only the seriously wealthy were able to afford it, this "captive audience" was of obvious attraction to the silversmith. The inlay process required cutting tiny pieces of iridescent feathers and combining it with a crystal clear glue that was set into a silver gilt frame and base to give an overall effect that was not visually dissimilar from cloisonné work.
Maybe one of you can give me maybe something about the mark and / or the significance of the Chinese letters forming the pattern of the brooch.