MAGNIFICENT XL Victorian Italian Cameo of the Hebrew Sibyl in 14k Pendant/Brooch Frame, c.1860!MAGNIFICENT XL Victorian Italian Cameo of the Hebrew Sibyl in 14k Pendant/Brooch Frame, c.1860!MAGNIFICENT XL Victorian Italian Cameo of the Hebrew Sibyl in 14k Pendant/Brooch Frame, c.1860!MAGNIFICENT XL Victorian Italian Cameo of the Hebrew Sibyl in 14k Pendant/Brooch Frame, c.1860!MAGNIFICENT XL Victorian Italian Cameo of the Hebrew Sibyl in 14k Pendant/Brooch Frame, c.1860!MAGNIFICENT XL Victorian Italian Cameo of the Hebrew Sibyl in 14k Pendant/Brooch Frame, c.1860!MAGNIFICENT XL Victorian Italian Cameo of the Hebrew Sibyl in 14k Pendant/Brooch Frame, c.1860!

Dating to c.1855-1865, this fantastic antique shell cameo of the Hebrew Sibyl (also known as the Babylonian Sibyl) is truly museum-quality, and that is not a term which I toss around loosely!

Measuring a grand 2 1/8" long x 1 3/4" wide x just over 3/8" tall, this exceptional antique cameo is hand-carved from a thick slice of shell, and depicts the prophetess as a beautiful woman richly dressed in an ornate, jeweled turban and patterned robes, her eyes raised upwards, as if receiving a prophecy.

Unlike most Victorian examples depicting the painting by baroque artist Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, also known as Il Guercino (1591-1666), this Sibyl is far more Classical than Romantic; the Sibyl is not shown in 3/4 profile, but fully faces the viewer whilst looking from signs from above, and rather than being depicted as a sentimental Victorian-era subject, she appears very Orientalized. She sits at her writing desk, her delicate hands touching the scrolls she has already written, but her face turned upwards as if in a reverie.

A herm ornamented with the head of a god is placed in the background; this detail is absent in every other depiction of this cameo subject I have seen. This Sibyl is carved in phenomenal detail and high relief, and appears as carved marble against the light reddish-brown background of the shell. JUST SPECTACULAR!

Best of all, this marvelous work of art has survived the past 160 years in as fine a condition as the most discerning collector could hope for, without damage, repairs or losses! This remarkable survival is in part due to the thickness of the shell; I have held the cameo up to a bright light in the second-to-last photo. The frame is unmarked, but tests to 14k gold. The reverse of the frame displays the original "T and C" clasp with it's silver pin, as well as a loop at the top once used for a safety chain, but now functional; just add a jump ring, and this jewel can be worn as a glorious pendant!

Weighing in at 16.84 grams, this magnificent cameo is clearly carved by a mid-19th century Master, and is one of the finest cameos of this era that I have acquired in my 25+ years as a collector, dealer, and scholar of antique jewelry. If you collect the ULTIMATE in fine antique cameos, this treasure will light up anything you choose to wear it with, from a lapel to a sweater, and is an investment in which you will truly delight! It would also make a wonderful holiday gift for any lady fond of the absolute best in antique jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind depiction of a classic and rare subject; up to 60-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!

Item ID: 2955


Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: shell, gold, Size: 2 1/8" x 1 3/4"

MAGNIFICENT XL Victorian Italian Cameo of the Hebrew Sibyl in 14k Pendant/Brooch Frame, c.1860!

$1,425 $1,150 USD SALE

Add to Cart
Questions about this item?
Email Shop

47 other shoppers have this item in their Cart or Wish List


Aesthetic Engineering Fine Jewels and Antiques


Jacquelyn Babush
Decatur
GA
  

Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.

SUMMER SALE! New Listings! Investment-Quality Antique Jewelry at Great Prices. Layaways Welcome! I Ship Worldwide!

Exclusive Ruby Lane Member since 2004

Shipping & Handling:
USPS Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box
Free
Insurance:$19.40 USD
Shipping to: USA
change

More from Aesthetic Engineering Fine Jewels and Antiques