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Fine filigree spirals


Filigrees

This traditional goldsmiths´ technology is utilized here for work with copper, which is in goldsmith's quite an uncommon case, for fine copper wire is technically more difficult to work with than silver.

Fine filigree spirals are connected in the frames without a bottom surface - particular sprigs overreach each other and the decoration thus takes a three-dimensional effect. The ends of steel wool are decorated with beads. Granulation of the wire is done by corkscrewing the wire of foursquare profile, which is then flattened by hammering and on the rims the aforementioned beads remain. In the frames there are set the sockets (shoulders) for jewel stones. The edgings of the sockets - so-called clamshells are ornamented by a stamped decoration in the shape of a foliole. Most frequently applied pattern is rectangular filigree, alternating regularly with the enamel laminae. Some laminae are different in proportion and decoration, they also have different workmanlike hand. Another element is the filigree decoration sited between segments of the arcs - an arrangement of the same style as the enamels with figural scenes, with which they again regularly alternate. On the shield sides (gables) above the statuettes there are situated the filigree three-part compositions. The technique of filigree is utilized also on the pedestals, which are set beneath the statuettes of St Maurus and Christ. In this case the spirals are soldered on to the surface of the pedestal.

 

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