Is the young man on his knees posing to his beloved? The scene is open to interpretation, but it certainly is beautifully done and is in perfect condition. The background is a charming rural setting adding to the romantic theme. Whatever the artist chose to reveal, it is beautifully rendered. Exquisite coloring on porcelain and mounted in 14K gold makes this locket most desirable. Whatever the locket back once held has been replaced with a simple pink fabric. The bale features a single peasant lady and the painting is mounted in gold as well. Including the bale, the piece measures two and one half inches in length and is one and one fourth inches in width. The 18K chain is seventeen and one fourth inches in length. No marks are visible to help determine the country of origin. However the subject and the style of painting lead us to believe it is European.