What a beautiful piece of late Georgian to earliest Victorian jewelry. This perfectly preserved French locket is large by locket standards, and is made by hand in 18k yellow gold (tested, guaranteed). The case is home to a fabulous tiny painting of a handsome gentleman and the hinged backside houses another miniature painting, this of a cute little cupid. Both perfectly preserved beneath the original thick and beveled cover glass, no damage at all to report. An oblong bale up top so you can wear this lovely old one on gold chain or on a black velvet or silk ribbon as was often done in mourning. We can't know who this one is, though I admit I did not takeout out of the locket frame in order to see if there's any notation on backside or between the paintings. I don't see a signature, none visible on the painting but it's definitely the work of a very skilled miniaturist. Look at the amazing detail captured in a portrait so tiny! Very expressive features, passionate piercing eyes and just the shade of a masculine face of 5-o'clock shadow. The forward curls of hair helps us date him to Georgian era, c.1810-40, roughly. If pressed, I'd say 1830. A very handsome piece as it is with both miniature portrait and 18k locket of high value.
Very good to excellent condition throughout. No chips at all on any of the beveled ridges of the cover glass, no damage to back glass. The portrait is done in gauche on thin natural wafer typical of the era and genre, and the painting of Cupid in the backside of the hinged locket is in watercolor on paper. Perhaps the pendant given to his bride at their wedding? We can't know, but it was obviously a gift of love, and hopefully not in mourning. Locket frame has been tested at 18k and is yellow in color. No dents or damage. And it would appear this is the original presentation box with the post and the resting depression in the velvet a perfect fit for this locket. The presentation case will stay with the locket. Yes, you could certainly remove its contents and fill with your own photos or mementos, but remember this portrait is fabulous and a valuable work of art just as it stands. Deserves to stay original as shown, I would advise.
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