Dragonfly cloisonné vase / pencil holder
designed by Loulou de la Falaise
Diameter: 11.5 cm
Height: 10.5 cm
Loulou de la Falaise was Yves Saint Laurent collaborator and inspiration and designed more than 2000 pieces of jewellery a year for his collections. She also designed for Oscar de la Renta and her own line after Yves Saint Laurent retired in 2002.
These cloisonnes are very much her style with a fabulous successful mix of colours recalling her love of silk, chiffon, patterns and most of all colour.Cloisonné is the art of decorating metalwork objects. Nowadays vitreous enamel is used. In the past, cut gemstones, glass and other materials were combined. First, compartments are added to the metal object by adhering silver or gold or copper (as in this instance) in thin strips placed on their edge. The piece is then fired in a kiln. Secondly, the enamel powder is inserted into each little cloisons which sinks down after firing due to melting and shrinkage of granular nature of the glass powder. The object is re-fired several times. Lastly, the object is polished with three different stones.
Natalia says : "I find these cloisonnes so striking...you are just drawn to the vibrant colours and gorgeous workmanship"