Antique French Art Nouveau Slide Locket with Holly Motif in Silver

This beautiful locket was made by Prudent Quitte as it bears his maker’s mark. Quitte was a Parisian silversmith and jewelry maker who had a bit of a love affair with holly, as it appears on many of his designs. He thrived during the Art Nouveau era, much of his work holds foliate motifs and graceful curvature. With his lockets, he preferred to place a beveled mirror on one side and a panel of velvet on the other, which were to be revealed when slid open. 

This antique silver slide locket was handcrafted in France around the year 1900. It shows beautiful raised repousse work featuring a motif of holly and berries. This locket pendant slides open to showcase a mirror on one side and a locket on the other. This piece weighs 24.4 grams and measures 60.6 x 37.3 x 11.7 mm. It is fully hallmarked and bears a boar’s head mark which is a French mark that tells us it was made in sterling silver. It also bears Prudent Quitte’s maker’s mark which reads, “P Q” with a revolver in the middle; this marks was registered November 15, 1882. 

Traditionally, holly was used as decoration in and around homes as protection from evil spirits. Of course, nowadays, it is used to celebrate Christmas as it spreads holiday joy with its cheerful spots of red berries and shiny green leaves! 

This beautiful locket would be the ideal Christmas gift for that winter loving lady in your life! 

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