The aesthetic movement was born in the latter part of the nineteenth century as a way to escape the ugliness and materialism of the Industrial Revolution and to challenge overbearing and conservative Victorian traditions.
An intellectual as well as an artistic movement, aestheticism championed pure beauty and 'art for art's sake' by emphasizing the visual and sensual qualities of art and design over practical, political, moral or social considerations.
Popular motifs of the movement included sunflowers, peacock feathers, storks, lilies, paisley, flowers, leaves, Japanese forms, insects, butterflies and birds.
This grand vermeil locket is the epitome of art, beauty and aestheticism. Its dimensional design features a repoussé garden with a partially revealed envelope nestled in the branches.
Encircling the garden on the layer below is an array of twisted and scalloped rope detailing.
A peek inside the locket reveals a charming photograph of 5-year-old Dorothy Humn taken in 1922. Scratched into the opposite side of the locket is the name Victoria Lennon.
Locket is stamped T & Co. on the back and has what looks to be a date stamp for 1898 on the bail. Locket comes on a new gold filled chain.
Date: 1890s Materials: Gold over silver, paper Measurements: Locket: 1 7/8 x 1 3/8" Bail: 1/2" Chain: 19" Weight: 12.05 g Markings: T & Co, f date stamp Condition: Very Good Locket has surface scratches and patina consistent with age and use. Some of the vermeil plating is starting to come off. Back of the locket has a few dents as the metal is very thin.