19th Century High Relief Malachite Cameo Brooch

This rare cameo features a detailed carving of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, that has a garland of grape clusters on the vine braided into his flowing hair. Dionysus looks in profile, directly at the admirer. Thrown across his shoulder is a wild creature pelt and a large pinecone. The use of malachite to carve the god is unique. Malachite is a difficult stone to carve, showcasing the carver's master craftsmanship! The brooch weighs 58.4 grams and measures 55mm in length, 45mm across, and 13mm at its thickest area (the shoulder area). The god is set in a hand-made high polished 14kt yellow gold frame and pin closure stamped 14kt. The swivel bail is 10kt gold stamped. This piece is circa 1880. This rare brooch was once part of a collection of an established New Orleanian family. A certified GIA appraisal is included with purchase.

Item ID: 53A


Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Green, Size: S

19th Century High Relief Malachite Cameo Brooch

19th Century High Relief Malachite Cameo Brooch
19th Century High Relief Malachite Cameo Brooch
19th Century High Relief Malachite Cameo Brooch
19th Century High Relief Malachite Cameo Brooch
19th Century High Relief Malachite Cameo Brooch

This rare cameo features a detailed carving of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, that has a garland of grape clusters on the vine braided into his flowing hair. Dionysus looks in profile, directly at the admirer. Thrown across his shoulder is a wild creature pelt and a large pinecone. The use of malachite to carve the god is unique. Malachite is a difficult stone to carve, showcasing the carver's master craftsmanship! The brooch weighs 58.4 grams and measures 55mm in length, 45mm across, and 13mm at its thickest area (the shoulder area). The god is set in a hand-made high polished 14kt yellow gold frame and pin closure stamped 14kt. The swivel bail is 10kt gold stamped. This piece is circa 1880. This rare brooch was once part of a collection of an established New Orleanian family. A certified GIA appraisal is included with purchase.

Item ID: 53A


Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Green, Size: S

$4,250 USD

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