VINTAGE / MORPHO BUTTERFLY WINGS/WALL ART/TRAY/BRAZIL. A Luminescent Brazilian Butterfly Wing Drink Tray mounted in a marquetry framed border in geometric patterns with a fine glass layer. Probably dates to the 1930s or 40s. Old Brazilian tray décor created with genuine butterfly wings. Glass and wood tray with Inlaid wood and 2 handles.
This is a beautiful example of Art Deco detailing with inlaid wood, rounded details at handles. Elaborate detailing with butterfly wings. Wings look like they glow. They are blue iridescent Hang wire on the back so that it can be used as artwork.Made in Brazil as a souvenir for the tourist trade. MATERIAL : Wood, glass front, butterfly wings. COLOR : Inlaid marquetry wood in several colors, multicolored butterfly wings. With just a small portion of wings missing deteriorated. MEASUREMENTS : 23" L 15" W There is a small hang tag and a wire for hanging along the back of the tray. CARE: Clean condition wood with Pledge or other wood polish. Apply glass cleaner to clean cloth, not directly apply to the glass as it might leak through to wings, then clean glass. Butterfly-wing art was a popular indigenous art form in Brazil and other parts of South America from the late 19th to mid-20th century.
Surprisingly, there is little specific information that exists on its origin. However, there are accounts of sailors bringing trays, pictures, and jewelry decorated with butterfly wings home to the United States and Europe beginning in the late 1800s.
By the mid 20th century, Americans were regularly enjoying holidays to various parts of Latin America. As a result, many tourists brought this increasingly fashionable artwork back with them much as we do with oil paintings and various other art forms today. The hallmark of butterfly-wing artwork is the striking iridescent and luminous blue and green tones of the Morpho Butterflys wings they diffract and scatter light, making it appear to change colors. Morphos are a species of butterfly found in the rainforests of the American continent. Over the past century wealthy foreign collectors, fascinated with their exotic color, often sought out these creatures.
For instance, it would not have been uncommon to find them in a cabinet of curiosities in 19th century America and Europe. In Brazil (and other countries), Morpho butterflies were farmed extensively for use in popular art forms brought on by tourism (like this tray). Our items are "Used Vintage / Antique" and have been around for many years. Please expect some normal age related wear. Each item is given a general cleaning and inspection before listing.Any detail cleaning, polishing, etc. We are not experts in any one field. All descriptions are strictly based on our knowledge of each item.
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The item "VINTAGEMarquetryWoodServingTrayLuminescentButterflyWingBrazilARTMCM" is in sale since Sunday, November 11, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Woodenware\Trays". The seller is "looking4treasures79" and is located in Silsbee, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion.