Art Nouveau Gold Locket Pendant
With nature as the source of inspiration and Japanese culture as the preeminent purveyor of beauty, the designers of Art Nouveau jewelry created some of the most sumptuous and spectacular pieces imaginable.
Crafted of luxurious 18k yellow gold, this hinged round locket is embellished on both the front and reverse with a graceful floral motif, clearly Asian in its rendering. Simple flowing lines convey an extravagance of delicacy and beauty. Opening with a press of a button, the two compartments within still retain their original celluloid or plastic coverings.
Condition: Excellent; one tiny nick on permanent "O" fitting; one tiny indention on one side on the far left.
Hallmarks: Unidentified hallmark, but French, on top "O" fitting.
Measurements: 1-5/16 inches (3.3 cm) in length by 1 inch (2.5 cm) in width. This antique locket has a weight of 4 grams (2.6 dwt).
Date & Origin: Circa 1890 – 1910 and is French in origin.