This is an incredible Italian cameo set in lava and solid gold. A masterpiece, a work of art, masterfully engineered by a most creative artist. The high relief of each piece, the brooch, in particular, reaches new and unexplored heights, making the value of his set out of reach for many people, alas! Zoom up and examine the details, for it is museum quality. Hold it sideways and every ways, observe the space between the child and the cameo base, turn it over and the quality will leave you speechless! an absolute treasure.
The brooch depicts a lion carrying a winged child. So, this is not Nemean, the fearsome beast slain by Heracles in Greek mythology (or Hercules in Roman mythology). Here, the lion becomes its own symbolic meaning, i.e., it revolves around protection, as seen in the lions guarding the doorways of ancient palaces or thrones, and becomes the ultimate protectors of home and its inhabitants.
While the brooch depicts the powerful lion protecting the traveling child, the earrings mark the advent of the child carrying water and, therefore, also guardian of humanity. These are incredible pieces of jewelry where Greek, Roman and Christian myths are intertwined and where interpretation knows no limits. What an amazing set! And, while it is undoubtedly a collector's item it is also in excellent wearable condition. Indeed, everything functions perfectly -- the C clasp in the brooch and the spring clips in the earrings. There are no signs of wear nor cracks. No chips nor loss of matter.
The perfect brooch is framed in 14K solid gold, as confirmed by a stamp on the C clasp and on the pin stem. It measures 4.4cm x 3.7cm (width is 4.6cm, if the gold shell ornaments on each side is included in the measurements)
The carefree earrings are also framed in 14K solid gold, but the clips are made out of 18K solid gold. Each measures 2.6cm x 1.8cm
This set is in perfect estate condition. It will leave you speechless (I realize that I have already said that. But I truly mean it!). Finding a new home for this amazing collector's set has now become our ultimate objective. We will help you make it your own any way we can. Just contact us. Thank you.
Material: Italian lava cameo, 14K solid gold, 18K solid gold
Size: see description
Period: 1850-70s (the clips on the earrings probably postdate the cameo)
Style: jewelry set, collectable item
Condition: excellent estate, very very minor wear (if you can find it)
Origin: Italy, France
Provenance: an estate sale
Additional remarks: This set was acquired during a jewelry estate auction in France. So they feature the official French shell (for 14K) and owl (for 18K) assay marks. Further testing was also done to confirm the metal purity.
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Stunning Italian lava cameo set Brooch and earrings Victorian era Stamped 18K 14K gold Museum quality
$4,428 $4,828 SALE