Art Nouveau Pansy Flower MINIATURE Repousse Paste Locket Pendant
Excellent condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Gold setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear to the finish along the edges of the locket.
* A couple of tiny and shallow dings at the back of the locket by the bale.
* Central paste stone is sparkling with no chipping and is original.
* Clasp is secure and locket snaps shut nicely.
* Locket has both original photo frames and no plastic or glass inserts.
* Bale is secure and original.
Era 1900 - 1910s
Diameter 5/8" excluding bale
Mark No mark
Weight 3 grams
Material Tests for 10k gold filled, glass
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Detailed pansy design was made through repousse technique and is in slight relief from locket's face.
* Classical Art Nouveau design in a truly miniature shape which makes this piece uncommon.
* Teeny tiny, as well as thin, this locket is still well made and will securely hold two photos.
On the Art Nouveau Movement. Design motifs of the Art Nouveau movement from the early 20th century are all about stylized, curving and flowing lines found in nature. Though occurring at a similar time as the Arts and Crafts movement and sharing some design sensibilities, the Art Nouveau was far more whimsical and lighthearted. Popular figural motifs included fairies, flowers, and the "Art Nouveau lady" (a highly feminine woman generally depicted with flowing and flowered hair).
On Repousse. Repousse is a technique used on metals that results in a three dimensional, sometimes hollow or open back design. The maker hammers the metal from one side, to form a three dimensional design on the other. Repousse dates from ancient civilizations yet the technique is found in a wide variety of fine jewelry even today.