Art Nouveau Mirror Slide Antique Locket
A statement of sheer presence, the strength of this Art Nouveau locket is its bold use of graphic design elements. Very grand in scale, this is a slide locket that is hinged at the top. It pivots and scissors open to reveal two compartments. One currently holds a mirror edged by braided red cord wrapped in silver; the other is a glass covered compartment lined with maroon velvet. Either or both could be removed to make room for photographs, snips of hair or other mementos.
Rendered with a confident hand, the Japanese aesthetic depicts a water scene with lotus blossoms adrift, the water's edge, a verdant bush and several abstract flowers - one of which appears to be a large lily.
Condition: Very good. Back has overall even wear as expected with age and use; due to the nature of the locket design, the pivot easily swings open and shut so when worn may separate slightly and return to a closed position.
Hallmarks: 800 for 800 parts silver out of 1000 (sterling is 925), a crown and two other illegible marks.
Measurements: Very large at 3-3/8 inches (8.5 cm) in length with the top "O" fitting by 1-3/4 inches (4.5 cm) in width by 3/8 of an inch (0.9 cm) in depth. Substantial weight of 53 grams (less if the mirror were removed to make room for a photograph).
Date & Origin: Circa 1890 and is Continental in origin.