My oh my...those Bacchante maidens! Followers of the god of wine, Bacchus, and such wild and beautiful women! Beloved by both carvers and collectors, depictions of these gorgeous and notorious gals are one of the most sought after themes in cameo carvings.
This beauty was carved from richly hued carnelian shell, with its deep caramel background offering the perfect backdrop for its precision carving that is accented with flairs of caramel. Referred to as a triple layer carving, the artisan used just the right touch of caramel accents in her hair, along her shoulder and gown, while leaving her skin porcelain perfect.
The cameo is bezel set in a 10K yellow gold frame measuring just over 1-3/4" tall (45.5mm) by just under 1-1/2" wide (36.2mm). The cameo itself measures just under 1-11/16" tall (41.9mm) by just over 1-1/4" wide (32.5mm). The custom Roman style bezel is fitted with a smooth surround, along with a locking brooch pin and hinged fold down swivel bail. The locking clasp is hallmarked "10K".
The carving is beautifully executed with a mass of grape leaves adorning her perfectly waved hair, and cascading down her shoulder. She was blessed with beautiful yet forceful facial features, along with a strong neckline, indicative of the sultry power that the carver gifted her.
We estimate the age of the carving itself to be 1930's or earlier, with the 10K frame likely 1950-1960's. Both cameo and setting are in excellent condition. When candled to the light under magnification, there are a few internal lines at the top left edge of her hair towards the bezel. These are not cracks or damage, but internal growth lines within the shell itself. The carving is crisp and without use related smoothing. There are no chips or cracks in the outer strata or the carving itself and it is firmly seated in its bezel. The frame exhibits no damage, no bends or tears, and the brooch hinge, pin and clasp are in perfect condition. The fold down bail is original and also in perfect condition.
This cameo would make an excellent gift choice for any cameo lover. Its pristine condition and superb quality carving are sure to please.
It will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage, along with a copy of our easy cameo care instructions.
Gorgeous 10K Yellow Gold Bacchante Shell Cameo Brooch Pendant - 17 grams
$235 $399 SALE