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Victorian Aesthetic Movement Essex Crystal Locket

$4,900.00

Victorian Aesthetic Movement Essex Crystal Locket

$4,900.00


Description

DATE: Victorian, c.1880 

A remarkable antique Essex Crystal locket in the aesthetic style, dating from the Victorian period. The subject has been reverse carved into a rock crystal dome, and carefully hand painted with a heron on a river bank. The attention to detail is amazing, and the gold locket back perfectly sets the scene of a golden sunset. Surrounding the crystal is a stylized foliate border, with original bail and locket back. Crafted in 15k gold, the back opens to reveal a locket compartment.

The English Aesthetic Movement was directly inspired by the London International Exhibition of 1862, where a large collection of Japanese art and objects were shown to a wide audience. Artists and Craftspeople would incorporate Japanese themes - usually depicting birds, flowers, plant foliage, and other scenes from nature - into their work, often citing the pursuit of pure beauty or "Art for Art's sake" as their ultimate goal. It was literally all about the aesthetics. 

STONES 

Rock Crystal 

MEASUREMENTS 

4.6 x 3.7cm

WEIGHT 

24.2g

MARKS 

No marks present, tests as 15k gold 

CONDITION 

Excellent 

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