Art Deco Sterling Lavender Enamel Guilloché Floral Locket
Guilloché is an engraving technique in which a very precise, intricate pattern is mechanically etched into an underlying material with very fine detail. Most commonly, the Guilloché surface was then enameled and the repetitive, intricate design would show through the colorful enamel to the surface.
A magnificent Guilloché enameled locket from the Art Deco (ca1918) era! This beautiful piece is crafted in sterling silver and features a fabulous and unusual enameled design. The front surface of the locket displays a rich, lavender colored enamel, which is accented with a beautiful floral motif. Beneath the translucent purple enamel is an exquisite engine-turned Guilloché pattern, which fans out from the center in wavy rows. A sterling silver blooming flower rests at the center of the piece, encompassed by a rich white enameled border, and a complimentary floral and wheat motif frame borders the design. The locket has a smoothly polished back and the piece is hinged and opens from the top. When opened, it reveals two removable round frames to store special photographs or trinkets inside and the locket hangs from a simple sterling bail which is stamped "935." Currently, the original items remain inside, two pressed leaves/flowers and the date March 13, 1918, which is hand written in German; this could easily be removed if desired. A lovely and feminine piece, this wonderful locket would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The locket hangs approximately 1 1/2" in length, has a diameter of 1 1/8" and measures 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the locket is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or enameling and the locket opens easily and fastens securely shut. The interior appears to have been previously gilded, retaining its golden-toned hue; this can only be seen when the locket is opened.