These cuff links of a centaur and his lover-- kissing from the Dante Masterpiece Collection, are from the 1950's. Part of the original card, which is not included with this set, states,""The Museum Masterpiece collection of men's (and let me add here, women's) jewelry reaches across two thousand years to recreate the ancient art of cameo carving. These are authentic Incolay stones - exact reproductions of original carvings in our Masterpiece Collection selected from the museums of the Mediterranean where Greek and Roman artisans flourished from 400 B.C. to 300 A.D.” And again,"The practice of lovemaking was an important aspect of their rituals." These cuffs show a white cameo on a dark colonial blue substrate incolay background. They are in mint condition and are a beautiful dark colonial blue and white color. They are suitable for men and women and are a striking statement to any wardrobe.
These cuff links show the story of how, during the wedding of Pirithous, king of the Lapiths, the centaurs violated the female guests and attempted to steal away with the bride. These cuffs capture that moment . The bride is on the back of the centaur and is being whisked away. A battle ensues and they are kicked out of Thessaly. The beautiful midnight blue of the substrate makes for an interesting contrast to the ivory colored incolay bas relief.
Dante Museum Masterpiece cuffs do exist, but not in the volume that other cuff links do.
Date 1950’s. Signed:Dante. Excellent condition. Rare cuff links.