Antique Art Nouveau locket and chain by George N.Steere with applied fly, spider web, bird, and leaf. This phenomenal piece is a great example of Steere's imaginative work. It includes two of his much beloved creatures, a fly caught in a spider's web, and a predatory bird zooming in. The large leaf stands in for the tree on which this drama takes place. Very dimensional, this exciting scene has many layers of metalwork.
There are green eyes on the the fly and bird, and the fly has a lime green glass body. The fly, bird, and leaf are highly detailed with textured surfaces.
The large locket presents as very big and bold in size (2-1/8"), the reverse inscribed with three initials and the interior not outfitted.
It is accompanied by a matching chain (53") featuring six square stones, three in lime green and three in a pale yellow or champagne color. Each is framed by an open-worked flower and bar design (1-1/4").
The locket is marked GNS and is made of gilt brass. The locket shows age-commensurate wear around the edges but no dings or dents. One of the pale stones is chipped (see photo) and one eye is a replacement.
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