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Antique French Neoclassical Revival Locket


The late 19th century was awash in what may be termed design revival. From 1890 through 1920 style turned towards classical ideals in both the decorative and fine arts. Referred to as neoclassical revivalism, the focus was now on simplicity with harmony and symmetry of line. There is a school of thought which holds that neoclassical revival began in France with Napoleon’s penchant for cameos and carved stones. No matter, as the French have always been far more florid than their English brethren.

Simplicity of line with austerity of composition clearly defines this circa 1900 gold locket. Two panes of faceted glass are banded with an 18k yellow gold frame. Hexagonal in shape, the gold perimeter is reeded and appointed with gold work in the form of an X centered on each of the six sides. It has been cleverly designed to open with a twist of the top cum bezel to remove the glass and place photos inside.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Condition: Excellent

Hallmarks: French marks on the top fitting.

Measurements: 1-1/2 inches (3.6 cm) in length by 1 inch (2.6 cm) in width by 3/16 of an inch (0.4 cm) in depth. This antique locket has a weight of 6 grams (3.8 dwt).

Date & Origin: Circa 1900 and is French in origin.

Overall Scale: Medium.

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