Shell cameo pendant-brooch set in an 800 silver frame dating to the 1920s depicts a seated maiden in filmy dress giving (or accepting?) a bouquet of flowers from a winged cherub. Most likely it is meant to represent Cupid with his mother, Venus .
The scene is charmingly detailed, from the gauzy folds of fabric clinging to Venus' limbs to the tiny leaves on the branches curving overhead. The carving adapts skillfully to the uneven surface of the shell, as does the width of the "walls" of the frame.
The frame is stamped "800" on the reverse, where an early safety clasp and riveted hinge is present.
Measuring 1 ½" by 1 1/8" and weighing 8.2 grams, this lovely cameo is in excellent condition.
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