Midweek Modness: Hroar Prydz Norway Butterfly Tie Tack and Brooch
I found this pretty little tie tack (pictured above) at the Sally Ann in Southampton last September. It is by Norwegian silversmith Hroar Prydz (what a name!). These basse-taille butterflies were insanely popular amongst Scandinavian silversmiths in the ’50s and ’60s — search for enamel butterfly on eBay and you’ll find offerings by David Andersen, Askel Holmsen and Volmer Bahmer to name but three. Enamelling was a particular specialty of the Scandinvians. Peter Carl Fabergé made his famous enamelled eggs using a workforce of Swedes, Danes and Norwegians. And thanks to designers like Georg Jensen, silversmiths were drawn to themes from nature.
Anyway, I found this teensy pin last month and only got around to taking a picture of it this morning. Then I went to the Value Village on my way to class this evening and lo and behold I found a larger Hroar Prydz butterfly brooch! For $2! Here is a photo of it in all it’s late-night, washed out flash photography glory. Check out the translucent colouring of the enamel and the cute little spots and delicate veins running through the butterfly’s wings. Even the tiny pin has such exacting details.
The pin and brooch are also both in great condition, with no crazing nor loss of enamel. I was giddy with excitement all the way to class, I tells ya!