Round Cloisonné Work by DIACCA from 1974-1985
These pieces are part of a series of cloisonné work which were designed to be wall mounted. The majority of all the enamels are fully transparent and all are of the lead-bearing type. I believe that glass (enamel) should really reflect and refract as I believe glass is intended to. I do not like to fill between the cloisons with enamel flush to the top as is the usual manner of cloisonné artists creating a flat surface. If the wires project a slight bit and the enamel is a bit concave, it only adds to the interest, reflectivity and subtle depth of the piece.
It is typical of the cloisonné designs of DIACCA as fanciful landscapes from Wisconsin intertwine with human forms in a graceful Art Nouveau style.
The little u-shaped cutaway is placed in such a way as to facilitate the hanging of the small wall piece. The soft graceful Art Nouveau style is carried throughout the entire piece both front and back.
This is a complicated design featuring multitudes of small flowers representing the landscape along with a human form. The circles represent "infinity" and have been a typical design element in all of DIACCA's work beginning with her paintings at graduate level and continue throughout all her work.
The little u-shaped cutaway is placed in such a way as to facilitate the hanging of the small wall piece.
The fine silver background gives a wonderful amount of reflection and creates the most brilliant blues available with enamel. The enamel on this piece is very thin to help reflect the light off the silver base. Most cloisonné is filled to the top of the cloisons and then stoned flat. The enamel in the cloisons in this case is concave and gives a greater texture (depth) to the surface. This piece does have some opaque enamel in order to set off the highly reflective transparencies next to the opacity. This includes white (circles of infinity) filling a cream background.
This was later changed to a full bezel due to the instability of the former design. All following work was done with a full bezel setting.
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