Paste Cameo Brooch/Pendant of Prince Albert by Lamont
This is an unusual paste (molded glass) cameo of Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, in the style of James Tassie (1735-1799). The cameo is signed "Lamont" or "Lamant" at the base of the gentleman's neck. He seems to have been a relatively obscure carver, although I have seen many examples of his work. You will have to look hard to find his name in any of the standard reference works about cameos and their history. In fact, I have not been able to locate any information about him. I can't even determine his first name. All of the signed cameos I have seen by him have been carved from shell. This very white paste cameo of Prince Albert has been adhered to onyx, and the contrast is striking. The brooch/pendant is approximately 1 3/4" in length by 1 1/4" in width. It has its original c&t clasp and a safety pin. The mount is quite plain. It tests as 9K. The backing looks like some sort of fine paper material. It has a few pink lines on it, which almost look like they could be faint lipstick marks. I cannot be sure. I have not attempted to remove the paper. The cameo is mint. The onyx is in excellent condition with no flaws. I know the male portrait cameos are not very popular these days. but who can resist a charming prince with a signature on his neck? (For similar, see Michele Rowan, "Nineteenth-Century Cameos", plate 125, p.124).
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: white, black, gold, Size: approximately 1 3/4" by 1 1/4"