Story

A mainstay of both antique and modern jewelry has been the influence of ancient designs and their reinterpretation. Whether a result of wars and campaigns or popular culture (film, archaeological finds, museums) jewelry designers manage to find new and refreshing manners in which to cater to the demand of the self adorned and ornamented populace.

For this Art Deco period locket pendant, it was the 1922 discovery of the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun that sparked the revitalization of the Egyptian Revival style (which had two previous major and one minor replay). Themes such as hieroglyphics, pyramids, lotus and papyrus flowers, scarabs, winged discs, sphinx and obelisks. A number of the geometric forms such as trapezoids, zigzags, stepped designs and starbursts as well as stylized design are direct descendants of the ancient period. The extreme palette contrasts and bold use of color are also a result of that style.

This pendant locket displays Egyptian Revival at its zenith with the incorporation of both plique à jour and champlevé enamel. Plique à jour is quite scarce and one of the more difficult techniques of enameling. Somewhat similar to stain glass which uses no metal backing, this technique has only thin strips of metal separating the colors. A series of articulated geometric shapes are embellished with magnificent iconography. The head of a pharaoh, papyrus and lotus flowers, an ankh and a serpent are among a myriad of elements rendered in rich vivid enamel colors on base metal. The interior of the locket reveals a compartment with rim and glass cover for a photograph or lock of hair.

Item 14184

Art Deco Egyptian Revival Enamel Locket Pendant

Only One Available

SOLD
Guarantee & Authenticity

COMPLETE MONEY BACK NO-RISK GUARANTEE

Notification within (3) days of receipt for a full refund

Refunds processed THE SAME DAY as received

Free Return Shipping

Gift giving? Engagement? Ask about longer return periods.

Visit Guarantee or Returns

SHIPPING

Same day shipping. Order by 1 pm CT, M-F for most

Free – 2 day delivery, fully insured

More info at Shipping

TESTING

Gemologist on staff

Full gemological laboratory on site

All gemstones and diamonds are thoroughly tested

All precious metals are tested

THE FINE PRINT

Due to the nature of antique & vintage jewelry, many diamond and gemstone weights are calculated by measurements, not removed. Actual weights are noted in the item’s description. Grading of diamonds and gemstones may vary slightly when removed.

HONESTY

Being as honest as possible about the items we represent for sale is our ultimate goal! Our pricing is industry recognized as fair and equitable with value as the byword.


Measurements: 5-1/4 inches (13.4 cm) in overall length. Locket is 1-1/4 inches (3.3 cm) in length by 1 inch (2.6 cm) in width. Weight of 24.7 grams (15.9 dwt).

Hallmarks: “AAG & Co.” American maker A.A.Green & Co.

Condition: Excellent; one minute chip to locket blue rim enamel; a bit of light wear to metal gilding.

Origin: American.

Historical Notes: The initial round of Egyptian Revival themes were prominent after the Napoleonic campaigns from 1798 – 1800. The 1820s through the 1850s saw a resurgence as well as 1870s through the 1880s inspired by the opening of the Suez Canal. Then the 1922 discovery of the tomb of King Tut created waves of Egyptian influence design. Next in line are the 1960s Hollywood films of The Ten Commandments and Cleopatra (with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) and the 1970s era world tour of the riches of Tutankhamen.

The jewelry manufacturing firm was established around 1892 by August A. Green at 94 Point Street Providence, R.I. and renamed A. A. Greene & Co. around 1922. located at 213 N. Main ST. Providence. Rhode Island.

Story

A mainstay of both antique and modern jewelry has been the influence of ancient designs and their reinterpretation. Whether a result of wars and campaigns or popular culture (film, archaeological finds, museums) jewelry designers manage to find new and refreshing manners in which to cater to the demand of the self adorned and ornamented populace.

For this Art Deco period locket pendant, it was the 1922 discovery of the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun that sparked the revitalization of the Egyptian Revival style (which had two previous major and one minor replay). Themes such as hieroglyphics, pyramids, lotus and papyrus flowers, scarabs, winged discs, sphinx and obelisks. A number of the geometric forms such as trapezoids, zigzags, stepped designs and starbursts as well as stylized design are direct descendants of the ancient period. The extreme palette contrasts and bold use of color are also a result of that style.

This pendant locket displays Egyptian Revival at its zenith with the incorporation of both plique à jour and champlevé enamel. Plique à jour is quite scarce and one of the more difficult techniques of enameling. Somewhat similar to stain glass which uses no metal backing, this technique has only thin strips of metal separating the colors. A series of articulated geometric shapes are embellished with magnificent iconography. The head of a pharaoh, papyrus and lotus flowers, an ankh and a serpent are among a myriad of elements rendered in rich vivid enamel colors on base metal. The interior of the locket reveals a compartment with rim and glass cover for a photograph or lock of hair.

Some Items You Might Like

/
Glamour in a Diamond Sapphire Ring
$11,450 USD Marked Down! $9,445 USD