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Exceptional Lava Cameo - Gorgeous Jeweled Mount, 18K - 19th C
The title describes this perfectly! A very well carved 19th century lava cameo depicting a Bacchante is unusually refined for Lava - and in exquisite detail. Definitely not one of the tourista carvings of the day, this was laborious and executed by a fine craftsman. She is shown donning the grape leaves in her hair, wearing a beaded necklace or pearls and a pendant. She is front facing and carved as a full bust.
The mount is also a work of art. Set with 6 natural Blue Sapphires and 12 natural Silver Gulf Pearls, it serves to adorn - but overpower the cameo in any way. A solid mount as can be seen from the back, it was hand crafted of high carat yellow gold (testing to a minimum of 18K.)
The finished piece measures 1 7/8" high x 1 5/8" wide and is just under 1/2" in depth. The color of the Lava is natural putty.
CONDITION: Superb antique condition with no damage, losses, repairs or worn areas to note. Carved in refined detail and wonderful, life-like dimension with careful attention to every aspect. Custom crafted mount is collet set with 6 earth mined, faceted Blue Sapphires and 12 natural Pearls. Original c clasp broaching assembly with attached safety chain. Provenance: from a private collection. Weight by scale: 25.8 grams. Mount tests to at least 18K yellow gold. Cameo is 19th Century, Italian. Custom crafted Mount is likely French.
An independent gemological appraisal will be provided for this piece.
Probably the finest lava cameo I've seen!
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Natural Lava, Size: approx 2 7/8 x 1 5/8 inches
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