Victorian Cameo Pin / Pendant

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English Victorian Cameo Pin / Pendant

This English Victorian cameo pin or pendant is most probably of Italian artisanship, crafted in and stamped 9ct yellow gold (English '375'), weighs exactly 19g and measures 71mm long, 63mm wide and 10mm deep. This masterfully carved shell cameo depicts the full-length portrait of a mythological Greek goddess, portrayed with wings and a right arm outstretched, apparently guiding a maiden towards God. Immaculately carved 'en relief' against the contrasting 'light-brown' background of the natural shell, all delicate features of the two characters are sculptured with precision and exquisite artistry. A temple-like monument and a farmer's shack in white high relief enhance the background and the ornate composition of this cameo pin, bordered by an ovular yellow gold rim. This alluring cameo is mounted in a diaphanous and immaculately crafted yellow gold frame, embellished by artistic scrolls and a quatrefoil assemblage of Art Nouveau inspired fleur-de-lis profiles rendered in repousse ..More

This English Victorian cameo pin or pendant is most probably of Italian artisanship, crafted in and stamped 9ct yellow gold (English '375'), weighs exactly 19g and measures 71mm long, 63mm wide and 10mm deep. This masterfully carved shell cameo depicts the full-length portrait of a mythological Greek goddess, portrayed with wings and a right arm outstretched, apparently guiding a maiden towards God. Immaculately carved 'en relief' against the contrasting 'light-brown' background of the natural shell, all delicate features of the two characters are sculptured with precision and exquisite artistry. A temple-like monument and a farmer's shack in white high relief enhance the background and the ornate composition of this cameo pin, bordered by an ovular yellow gold rim. This alluring cameo is mounted in a diaphanous and immaculately crafted yellow gold frame, embellished by artistic scrolls and a quatrefoil assemblage of Art Nouveau inspired fleur-de-lis profiles rendered in repousse gold. This captivating shell cameo pin and pendant epitomizing the popular Victorian style in vogue in the 1860's, features a pin and hook closure and an orbicular bale offering versatility of wear as a pendant.

Cameo is a hard-stone or a shell into which a design is carved 'en relief', often contrasting the naturally occurring cameo colors. The fashion for cameos was brought back to France from Italy after the Italian Campaign of 1796. Napoleon was fascinated by their beauty and commissioned the mounting of several for his personal use in tiaras, necklaces, bracelets and earrings with gold bezels sometimes decorated with seed pearl borders. Cameos became fashionable once more by the middle of the 19th century, larger and bolder this time than during Napoleonic times. From the 1840's Italy excelled in the production of 'cameo-habille' consisting of shell carvings where the subject, usually a female figure, was adorned with gem-set jewels. The same technique was pioneered in France by Dafrique who became famous for his 'cameo-anime', often designed as hard-stone cameos of Negro girls clad in ruby and rose-cut diamonds.

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Stone:Shell Cameo
Cut:Carved
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Measurements: 71mm(L) x63mm(W) x 10mm(D)
Weight:19g
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