Art Nouveaugold locket by De Vernon, winner of the Medaille d'Or, Paris 1895. Saint Cecilia patron saint of musicians and church music playing the harp to front. Songbird on a branch in the foreground to verso. Slide opening with space for two pictures. 3 cm in diam, circa 1890.
Art Nouveau gold locket by De Vernon, winner of the Medaille d'Or, Paris 1895.
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ART NOUVEAU Characteristic flowing lines based on natural forms, 1890's-1910. For more information go to Periods section.
FRÉDÉRIC CHARLES VICTOIRE DE VERNON Frédéric Charles Victoire de Vernon (1858-1912) was a leading French medallist, sculptor and engraver who worked in the Art Nouveau style. Trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Vernon exhibited at numerous Paris Salons, where he won a first class medal in 1895. Vernon and a small group of other French medalists created medal-jewels which were a highly popular form of adornment around the turn of the twentieth century. Most featured female figures, sometimes set with gemstones. They were sold by the top Parisian jewellers of the day, including Vever and Boucheron.
GOLD A metallic element which is the most ductile and malleable of all metals, and impervious to corrosion, thus making it ideal for use in jewellery. Pure gold is yellow in colour. It is usually mixed with other metals, such as copper and silver, to create an alloy, such as white gold or rose gold. The unit of measurement used to express the percentage of pure gold in the alloy is the carat, for example '18 carat gold'.