Openwork

Openwork or open-work is a term in art history, architecture and related fields for any technique that produces decoration by creating holes, piercings, or gaps that go right through a solid material such as metal, wood, stone, pottery, cloth, leather, or ivory. Such techniques have been very widely used in a great number of cultures.

The term is rather flexible, and used both for additive techniques that build up the design, as for example most large features in architecture, and those that take a plain material and make cuts or holes in it. Equally techniques such as casting using moulds create the whole design in a single stage, and are common in openwork. Though much openwork relies for its effect on the viewer seeing right through the object, some pieces place a different material behind the openwork as a background. Reference: Wikipedia. Below are some examples of openwork in silver wares.

 

Archaeological finds in ancient Mesopotamia indicate that filigree was incorporated into jewelry since 3,000 BC. Specific to the city of Midyat in Mardin Province in upper Mesopotamia, a form of filigree using silver and gold wires, known as “telkari”, was developed in the 15th Century. To this day, expert craftsmen in this region continue to produce fine pieces of telkari.The Egyptian jewelers employed wire, both to lay down on a background and to plait or otherwise arranged jour. But, with the exception of chains, it cannot be said that filigree work was much practiced by them. Their strength lay rather in their cloisonné work and their molded ornaments. Many examples, however, remain of round plaited gold chains of fine wire, such as those that are still made by the filigree workers of India, and known as trichinopoly chains. From some of these are hung smaller chains of finer wire with minute fishes and other pendants fastened to them. Reference: Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

 

Brand New Gift Sterling 925 Silver Openwork Child's Child Baby Food Pusher

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ANTIQUE " STERLING " HALLMARKED FOOTED OPEN WORK BOWL

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Silver Plate Sugar Bowl Ornate Openwork Vintage Antique Old Styled Gift

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Ornate German 750 Silver Openwork Bowl. 12 Loth Mark 7.7 ounces 12.5" x 8.5"

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Tiffany Beaded Openwork Nut Or Candy Dish Sterling Silver 1910

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C. 1919 WATSON STERLING SILVER TEA LEAF INFUSER STRAINER ~NICE OPENWORK~

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Gorgeous Sterling Silver Openwork Bowl Blue Cobalt Glass Liner

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Openwork Curly J Letter Napkin Clip Sterling Silver

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Set of 4 Sterling Silver Open Work/Reticulated Salt Dish (A) (A035)

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Antique Rococo Putti Open Work Bowl Baroque Cherubs & Scrolls German 800 Silver

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BEAUTIFUL OPENWORK STERLING SILVER ANTIQUE VICTORIAN NAPKIN RING WILLIAM

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Tiffany BON BON Spoon SERVER 12 1/2" STERLING SILVER .925 CAST OPENWORK LYRE NM

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Antique c1900 Sterling Silver Cottles Mesh & Openwork Purse

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Shiebler Sterling Silver Openwork Bon Bon Spoon Gorham Lion Fleur De Lis

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Reed and Barton sterling openwork pomander box

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Sterling Silver Openwork Mustard Condiment Pot Jar Glass Liner Monogrammed

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Durham Silver Co. Sterling Silver Dish Cherubs Lions Openwork Compote Tazza

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LAPAR : ANTIQUE 1880s FRENCH OPENWORK STERLING SILVER SUGAR BOWL Neoclassical st

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