La Pieta. Housed in St. Peter's Basilica, it is difficult to describe the emotions one feels standing in the presence of this remarkable sculpture, let alone breathing the rarified air of St. Peter's Basilica.
The Virgin Mary holding her son the dying Jesus Christ in her arms beautifully symbolizes the grace and love of a mother with the burden of the whole world in her arms. Michelangelo's interpretation of La Pietà is unprecedented in Italian sculpture.
Is it any wonder that Italian cameo carvings have been inspired by magnificent religious works of art for hundreds of years? Antique and vintage carvings of this size, quality and excellent condition are increasingly difficult to find, especially of La Pieta. I do love depictions of the Blessed Mother and Baby Jesus, but La Pieta has my heart. The 18K Roman bezel measures 42.5x33mm and is fitted with both a locking brooch pin and fold down pendant bail. The frame is stamped "750" and the cameo weighs 9.6 grams.
This is a very good quality carving with details difficult to capture in our photos. Mary's and Jesus' faces both still exhibit excellent detail without smoothing, as do their hands, Jesus' robe and the multitude folds and recesses of Mary's voluminous drapery. Due to dreary wintry days here, a ray of sunshine this week finally allowed us to capture a few shots outdoors in the sunlight that best capture the carving details.
We estimate the age of this cameo to be 1960's to 1970's. The cameo shell is supple and without peeling. There are no chips, cracks or striations in the shell when candled to the light. The 18K frame is free of dents or damage. The brooch hinge, pin and locking clasp are in excellent working condition, as is the hinged bail.
This lovely cameo would make an excellent spiritual gift. It will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for both gift giving and storage, along with a copy of our easy cameo care instructions.
Vintage 18K Gold La Pietà Shell Cameo Brooch Pendant 9.6 grams
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