Victorian Aesthetic Movement "Stork and Sun" Locket
DATE: Victorian, 1879
A cool antique octagonal locket in Sterling Silver. The face depicts a stork, wading through marshland, beneath a branch with leaves and a stylised sun - all beautifully hand-chased. With clear London hallmarks dating to the year 1879, and complete with the original bail.
The Aesthetic Movement in England 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.
6.8 x 3.3cm (including bail)
English hallmarks for Sterling Silver, London 1879
Excellent, with light antique patina. One panel of glass inside is cracked