It takes this master artist over three months to create this one of a kind incredibly detailed large scene. It is in high relief, and when one holds it in hand it is breathtaking. Two partially draped girls, standing in water share a secret; there is a swan in the foreground; a horse and trees in the background; and an overhead branch. A very subtle border surrounds the scene.
The shell is the most prized Cassis Madagascarensis and the pictures do not do it justice. For some reason I could not get the detail well visualized in the photographs, but every detail of the faces, the swan and even the strands of hair is incredible. Look at how the master has shown the outline of the girl's legs under the water.
I have had a jeweler add the gold bezel, pin and loop for use as a pendant. It is 14K gold, although I think of this as fine art. I have the others displayed on small easels in my etagere.
We have the Certificate of Authenticity with picture of this piece (without bezel) signed by Monastero that will accompany this piece.
Country of Origin: Italy.
Size: 2 10/16" tall; 2" wide. The bezel does not add to the dimensions of the scene.
Signed: Middle Bottom.
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