Champleve is an enameling technique in the decorative arts, or an object made by that process, in which troughs or cells are carved into the surface of a metal object, and filled with vitreous enamel. The piece is then fired until the enamel melts, and when cooled, the surface of the object is polished. The uncarved portions of the original surface remain visible as a frame for the enamel designs.
This piece, from our owner Linda's personal antique collection, is a c. late-1800s or turn-of-the-century gilt cut-steel champleve enamel belt buckle and finely-crafted in the old-world tradition. Striking embossed filigree and flowers pattern with champleve enamel artistry in six colors: cobalt blue, tan, black, sky blue, crimson red, forest green. Mix and match your own belts or sashes to complement your outfits and add your signature touch.
Overall good antique condition with some enamel missing as shown in photos. Two-piece buckle measures 3 1/2 in. wide by 2 in. tall. This is an original, one-of-a-kind collectable.